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New Homestead Act

With Katie Hargrave

What does it mean to stake a claim? Drawing on the history of Homestead Acts, in Braddock, PA and Chicago, IL, we offered an apple tree. Planting an apple tree is a commitment, requiring up to seven years to yield fruit. The New Homestead Act brings up to fifty trees to each city. Dig a hole, tend, and act a commitment to place. Planted in public or private space, the New Homestead Trees throw a wrench in the historic notion of ownership. Pollination takes coordination, care, and labor across species.  Claim a tree and, for the time being, let it be known, “I will be here”.

Unsmoke — Braddock, PA — 2016
Chicago Art Department — Chicago, IL — 2016


Read the New Homestead Act Newspaper HERE