Green Fuse: New Sculpture by David Nash

A Mead Gallery Exhibition

Sat 20 Apr – Sat 29 Jun 1996

David Nash was first approached with the idea of working at the Mead Gallery in the Autumn of 1994. Place is a very important element in David’s work and we began looking a trees on the university campus, focusing on Tocil Wood where there was a number of dying oaks.

An approach was made to the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust as managers of the wood and a meeting arranged with the then conservation manager Neil Wyatt. It quickly became apparent that dying trees support a rich variety of insects, fungi and other wildlife and are as important to the life of a wood as healthy trees. Nevertheless, Neil pointed out that other reserves did have trees marked for felling as part of benign management schemes. Extensive thinning of oak was being carried out at Ryton Wood with several large trunks having already been cut. A long neglected coppice of alder at Stonebridge Meadows presented David with the opportunity to work with the fresh vibrant colouring of this wood that he had enjoyed in Otoineppu, Japan. Finally a large beech tree was to be removed from Clowes Wood so the sunlight would be able to penetrate deeper into the adjacent water meadow.

David Nash worked in the University of Warwick Estates yard with Mead Gallery technician Ashley Wright as his assistant. The oak formed egg and tower shapes, the alder became a spreading circular form of individual stumps, the beech was cut into thin wafers that hung high on the gallery walls.