The Beginning Of Social Sculpture Cultural Studies Essay

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Beuys demonstrated his own ideas of social sculpture in many of his works. But mainly within his very last major piece just before he died in 1986, which was the "7,000 Oaks Tree's", which was created within a city establishment for a sculpture project in Kassel Germany, Beuys achieved his main objective with a remarkable simplicity, a simplicity that certainly arrived, with in the Oliver Wendell Holmes which said,

"on the other side of being intricate and compounded." By many of his readers oliver Wendell holmes is valued mostly for the poems. which lie imbedded within his books, such as "The Chambered Nautilus," "The Last Leaf," "Homesick in Heaven," "The Voiceless," and "The Boys."

Beuys had spent over millions of dollars and it took just over five years to realise an utterly simple idea: In the giant plaza, Beuys had piled up 7,000 irregular, human-sized basalt columns of rock in a formation, as if he was stacking thousands of dead bodies. Which were piled up just after the 1943 bombing in Kassel?

This project took Beuys just over five years to complete, and many donors lined up and began to purchase the basalt stones columns one by one. each stone was purchased, then it was moved to different locations within the heart of the main city, they was placed vertical, sticking at least a meter out of the ground, right next to a tiny oak tree: the completed piece showed the combining of a symbol of death with a symbol of life. One of these two forms would remain static, while the other would change and grow throw time. One would stay dwarfed while the other would be dwarfed at first; then the trees grew, slowly it would match the basalt column in size and eventually take over and become giant.

During the installation, many of the sidewalks were dug up, road traffic rerouted, also many of the main utilities were moved to different spots, all at significant cost to this project and the working taxpayers. Some citizens were deeply bothered by the inconvenience and expense of it all. Many of the trees were broken, and there were lots of complaints that filled the news daily. But today, however, the trees are no longer tiny; they now shade the city and change colours in sync. "You cannot touch a Beuys tree, and" one woman declares in a documentary about the installation. That Beuys died in 1986, so the project is no longer about him. But what remains now is a long and everlasting, living testament to the regenerative of forces within nature and also in humankind. The sculpture has and will transform the city; it will disrupt sidewalks, and reshape the surrounding culture for at least the next three centuries to come. With this act, Beuys started removing art from his studio. He had tapped into the deepest history surrounding the German people and its culture, the Druid lineage of stones and the trees, where the potential healing tools of the connections within nature. He leveraged his reputation as an internationally known artist to achieve something that will far outlast his own museum works throughout his life. Yet the main idea of this work is not about the stones or the trees. It is the relationship of the surrounding people relating to the stones and trees and the regeneration of their society, which surrounds it. As the trees and stones become an integral part of the city landscape with its own identity, the sculpture of the trees and stones which stimulates the "social sculpture" of massive participation.

The social sculpture is the participatory of creation within the social democratic field, which slowly has, develops more over time. Social sculpture is the extension of art beyond a museum and art world into the realm of shaping social reality. There are many artists who try and follow Joseph Boyce; the artists try to create their own ideas of the term to social sculpture and the democratic changes within the social of the environments in which we live. Another artist I will be talking about is Santiago sierra who shapes and manipulates the world around him and everyday people with in our society today using them to create his art. Many have dismissed sierra's work due to his manner in which he portrays his art. And the human conditions in which we all live same way or another.

The point of Santiago Sierra's work is to totally dramatise the obscurity, emptiness, and the violence with painful as evidence of the existing, the 'naked life' the forms of life which are in our hidden matrix of social relations in the spectacle. when looking at sierra's my first question was why would someone let another tattoo a line on their back but the answer was not about the word why? It was more about the actions of the controlled drug flowing through the veins of these people. Which made their decision for them?

More and more people are turning to heroin and police in many cities are cracking down on the dealers who earn from this drug. Heroin is addictive it controls your mind and changes your whole personality. Heroin will slow the down body functioning and substantially reduces the physical and psychological pain. But yet most of the users end up with a rush or buzz within just a few minutes after taking the drug. Just a small dose of this drug gives the user a feeling of warmth and well-being. Yet if the doses got bigger it could make the user feel sleepy and extremely relaxed. Sometimes just having the first dose of this drug could bring about dizziness and vomiting.

The chances of slowly becoming hooked are there and the risk is very high. Yet over time, this effect of heroin takes its toll on the brain which can cause 'craving' and a strong psychological desire to keep on using it. Also tolerance builds and the desired effects reduce so much where many users eventually have to take more and more which ends with them becoming addicted. Just to get the same effects and even more just to feel 'normal' or to avoid a very unpleasant withdrawal state.

There are Drugs that have been developed to help treat the heroin addiction. Which includes opiate substitutes for the heroin users such as methadone and subutex, buprenorphine, and also drugs like naltrexone that also block the effects of heroin so you can't get a high once you have become drug-free.





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