Famous for his Wooden Boulder sculpture, which he started in 1978, David Nash is to display various pieces of art ranging from sculptures, drawings, and installations, as well as film.
His work will be displayed throughout Kew’s collection of gardens and will grow over time, as he plans to use trees that have died naturally from within Kew’s own collection.
David Nash’s artwork tends to focus on nature as a means for human survival, such as shelters and utensils, viewing our environment as our ‘outer skin’.
His philosophy, as depicted within his collection of artwork, complements Kew Gardens’ own enthusiasm for nature as provider with Kew’s Economic Botany Collection.
Kew Gardens said: ‘The collection underpins the notion, that plants maintain the health of the world we live in – allowing us to have clean water, fertile farmland, productive seas, and a balanced climate.’
Stephen Hopper, CEO and Chief Scientist of the Royal Botanic Gardens feels that David Nash’s collection of artwork ‘resonates with Kew’s fundamental concern’, which is the long term protection of the natural world. He said:
‘When people can see themselves as part of the environment and appreciate that their everyday lives are dependent upon it, they begin to understand the urgent need to conserve habitats, and are encouraged to become involved.
‘David Nash at Kew illustrates that nature can act as a great source of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and brings these two exploratory disciplines together.’
As a boy, David Nash was inspired by the forests belonging to his father, but grew to dislike the organised rows of trees typical to the commercial tree industry he worked in.
He developed his unique style while studying at three different art institutes and his work is admired in countless galleries and collections worldwide.