Collaborating Artists: Present Tense: Excavating History in Braddock
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STAKE A CLAIM? Drawing on the history of Homestead Acts, Amber Ginsburg and Katie Hargrave offer you an apple tree, sent this upcoming spring. Planting an apple tree is a commitment, requiring up to seven years to yield fruit. The New Homestead Act brings up to fifty trees across Braddock. Dig a hole, tend, and act a commitment to place. Planted in public or private space, the New Homestead Trees, throws a monkey wrench in the historic notion of ownership. Your tree together with others will cross pollinate, creating mutual fertility. Time, care, and labor might just yield apples, in good years, more than enough to share. Claim a tree and, for the time being, let it be known, "I will be here".