The black gum — leafless in winter, and about 10 feet tall — is located on the southern edge of Community College of Allegheny County’s main campus, on a little bluff overlooking Route 65 and Acrisure Stadium. It was planted last year as the German collective Terra0’s entry in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s prestigious Carnegie International.Bill O’Driscoll | 90.5 WESA
This living artwork is titled “A tree, a corporation, a person,” and its ambition is just that: to see if the artists and museum can gain legal personhood for a plant so it might, among other attainments, own both itself and its modest plot of land.
The plan, created with help from the Carnegie and CCAC, is this. The artists have established the Pittsburgh Lobby for Tree Personhood (PLTP). It’s a type of nonprofit corporation called a 501(c)4, an entity that is required to promote social welfare but also permitted to support political causes. Its sole mission is to get this young tree declared a legal person.Bill O’Driscoll | 90.5 WESA
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