Art and Nature – David Nash at Kew

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Two Falling Spoons – bronze sculpture by David Nash (2006) in the Temperate House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

One of the great delights of this year has been my discovery of the exhibition of sculptures by David Nash at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. I have visited three times in the last couple of months. David Nash has carved the works with chain-saw and axe from dead trees in the gardens. The sculptures frequently bear the marks of their making as well as of their intrinsic natural structure. Many pieces are deliberately and spectacularly charred black. Whilst all the works are hewn from wood initially, some pieces have subsequently been cast in bronze or steel – and it is often difficult to tell of which material a sculpture is comprised just by looking.

The works invite the viewers to think about their own and the sculpture’s relationship with nature. The sculptures are enhanced by their setting, whether indoors as in the Temperate House among the palms and ferns, or outside amongst the majestic mature trees. The sculptures distill the essence of their verdant surroundings – almost requesting that we compare and contrast the shapes, textures, patterns of the natural with the man-made structures as well as examine the thoughts and emotions that both invoke in us.

To find out more about the work of David Nash, and the exhibition at Kew Gardens, click on the following links:

Details of David Nash at Kew – A Natural Gallery

Keep up to date with the exhibition

Nash-inspired art courses & talks by the artist

Sign for the David Nash, A Natural Gallery, exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Red and Black Dome by David Nash (2006) in the Temperate House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Pyramid and Sphere – bronze sculptures by David Nash in the Temperate House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Red Throne – a bronze sculpture by David Nash (2012) in the Temperate House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Plateau – bronze sculpture by David Nash (2011) in the Temperate House of Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Red Frame – redwood sculpture by David Nash (2008) in the Temperate House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
Signs to the David Nash ‘A Natural Gallery’ exhibition at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

2 Replies to “Art and Nature – David Nash at Kew”

  1. We live quite close to Kew, and it would be good to see these. However I massively resent the hefty entry fee, which is a big deterrent – especially if one just wants to go for a short time [when our children were small it was a penny turnstile!]. I realise about the running costs of Kew but still… Richmond Park is free, and some of the trees are natural sculptures…

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  2. Yes, it does cost a fair bit to get in and that can put people off, especially if they can remember a time when entrance was virtually free. However, part of the entrance fee at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens goes towards its extensive research programme which plays an important role in environmental and conservation issues.

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