30 April 2008, ca. 17:15
In park in front of the Bethanien, Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Do the kids who tagged this tree even really realize it is a TREE, that it is ALIVE, a living thing? I was amazed to see writing on the surface of a tree in a park, as if a tree is just the same as furniture or a brick wall. Of course the comparison must be made to carving initials in hearts on trees, but though that action involves more force and injures the tree significantly more, at least it is done with full comprehension that the affected thing is a tree, with a formidable sheath of bark that must be battled with a sharp pocketknife. Somehow that seems to me a more understandable action than this blithe, rapid tagging of a tree with some fat felt-tipped marker.