In the early 1960s, Conrad Schnitzler met Joseph Beuys in a bar in DÃ¼sseldorf. Beuys was at the start of his legendary run as a professor of â€˜monumental sculptureâ€™ at DÃ¼sseldorfâ€™s Kunstakademie. Schnitzler was a sailor, who specialized in fixing the engines of merchant ships in nearby ports. Beuys took a liking to Schnitzler, inviting him to be one of his students. Schnitzler enrolled at the Kunstakademie, but dropped out a year or two later, much to Beuysâ€™ dismay. If, as Beuys famously entreated, â€˜everybody is an artistâ€™, why did he have to go to school to be one? Schnitzler travelled for a few years, making metal sculptures and performance art. Then he took the metal sculptures he built during his time with Beuys, which he had covered in stark planes of black and white paint, dragged them all to a grassy field, and left them there.