Contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer (born 1945: Germany Year Zero) was a student of Beuys. His family name means “pine tree.” Addressing the dark, guilty side of forest adulation has made him controversial. One of his large-format installations is entitled Varus.
It references the founding battle of the German nation, augmenting the mock holiness by inscribing against the trees the names of such cultural heroes as Klopstock, Hölderlin and Fichte, plus a general or two. At the same time, Kiefer places a pattern of blood stains on the Teutoburg Forest floor, some of which are literally mixed with his own blood. He painted this in 1976.