Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park

Above are four images of the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JPSP). The first two images include groups of UMBC students in the park during autumn. The third picture shows part of an art installation--a single tree with fallen branches placed up against the base of its trunk. The fourth image shows a JBSP summer yoga class in progress.
At UMBC’s Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park (JBSP), groups of UMBC students gather during autumn. Fallen branches lean up against a tree during an art installation, and summer yoga classes are in progress on the lawn.

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park was built at UMBC to strengthen our social bonds, foster human and natural wellness, and provide a safe and accessible green space for both the campus and the surrounding communities. Through UMBC’s Wellness Initiatives, outreach throughout the metro area, and collaboration by diverse groups, we activate this space—which inspires creativity, collaboration, and healing—as a community.

You can be a part of accomplishing this mission. To learn more about how to get involved, visit

Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential German artist who came to prominence in the 1960s. He is known for his performances, sculptures, environments, vitrines, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. He was a charismatic and controversial artist, a committed teacher, and a political activist.

Beuys highlighted the need for greater environmental awareness across the globe through his ongoing social sculpture project entitled, 7000 Oaks. With the help of and over 20 organizations in Baltimore, 7000 Oaks inspired the planting of hundreds of trees and several stones by over 500 people in Baltimore Parks and at the UMBC sculpture site in 2000-2001.

To learn more about the nascent Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership from those directly involved, visit our 20th Anniversary Oral History Collection at

Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership Journal

An image of an open journal from the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park with writing in it.
A journal from the JBSP is open to a page with green writing inside.
An image of a closed green Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park journal lies on a bench in the park.
A closed green JBSP journal lies on a bench in the park.






At the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park at UMBC, there is a bench on which you can find a blank journal. This journal provides park visitors with a forum in which to write or to sketch. Over the years these public journals have been collected, scanned, and archived at CADVC. You can view some of the entries here. Please be advised the journal has not been edited in any way and may contain content of a serious or adult nature. Parental guidance is advised.

UMBC 2001-2010 Journal Entries in Downloadable Spreadsheet

Scan of November 2001 Journal

Scan of March 2005 Journal

Scan of August 2008 Journal

Scan of October 2010 Journal

Scan of May 2013 Journal

Scan of June 2018 Journal

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