David Nash at Kew - sculpture at the Royal Botanic Gardens
PUBLISHED: 08:18 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013
Already one of the nation's favourite attractions, there will be a whole new reason to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew from this month, with the spectacular wooden sculptures of David Nash going on display throughout the grounds.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2012
One of the UKs leading sculptors, David Nash will add an extra architectural dimension to the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew this month with the opening of a new exhibition of his work. Here, we bring you a few of the highlights
Photo: Jonty Wilde
Already one of the nations favourite attractions, there will be a whole new reason to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew from this month, with the spectacular wooden sculptures of David Nash going on display throughout the grounds.
Altogether, there will be around 20 works on show by the Esher-born artist, as well as installations, drawings and films to enjoy.
In addition, since April of this year, Nash has been working on a wood quarry at Kew, creating new pieces using trees from the gardens that have come to the end of their life, for a final exhibition in October.
I am delighted that my work will be going on show at such an iconic location, says David, who only uses wood made available naturally (for example, by storms, lightning or disease).
The exhibition will offer a unique insight into the energy and processes involved in working with wood, and will also be a great way for people to experience the evolving nature of this kind of work.
In a career spanning 40 years, David has created over 2,000 sculptures out of wood, many of them monumental in scale. His main tools are a chainsaw and an axe to carve the wood, and fire to char it with.
Every activity that takes place under the name of Kew, from saving plant seed for future generations to on-site plant-based artefacts and collections, not to mention the overwhelming physicality of the gardens themselves, carries a message which reminds us that we cannot separate ourselves from the natural world, he says.
Our actions, from everyday activities to often essential industrial work, have an impact upon it. My work invites the same consideration.
The examples of his work over the coming pages, which will all feature in the exhibition at Kew, certainly inspire both awe and wonder.
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Saturday June 9
The David Nash exhibition will run throughout the gardens with some 20 of his striking sculptures on show, including four new pieces one of which is an eight-metre diameter cork dome.
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will also be used for the duration of the exhibition, with key works from the Nash collection, including Ash Dome, Bluebell Ring and Wooden Boulder, presented in the gallery through drawings, photography and film. In addition, a host of Nashs other sculptures will be on display in the Temperate House.
The Nash Conservatory named after John Nash, who originally designed it for Buckingham Palace will also be used as an exhibition space, when a new phase of the exhibition opens in October featuring work that the sculptor has created on-site.