Nils-Udo “The Nest”, Earth, stones, birch trees, birch branches, grass, L�neburg Heath, Germany, 1978
Earth, stones, birches, grass
L�neburg Heath, Germany
“I smelled the earth, the stones, the freshly struck wood.
I built the nest walls high and twisted the soil of the nest.
From the height of the edge of the nest I looked down on the forest soil,
up into the branch work of the trees and into the sky.
I heard the singing of the birds and felt the breath of the wind.
In the dawn I began to freeze. The nest was not finished yet.
I thought, high above on the edge of the nest squatting:
I build myself a house, it sinks silently past the tops of the trees on the forest soil,
openly to the cold night sky and nevertheless warmly and softly,
deeply into the dark earth dug.”
Nils-Udo, “Entrance” umgestürzter Baum, Haselblätter, Haselstecken; Dietenbronn, Bayern, Germany, 1993 (photo: Nils-Udo)
Childhood Dreams, Arizona
|BEEHIVE SHELTER, Seeley Copse, Goodwood, Sussex.|
|Commissioners: South East Arts, Goodwood Estate and West Sussex County Coucil.
Brief: To make a sculpture from materials to hand in a small copse on the Goodwood Estae. The work was to fit with the place and slowly return to nature. I was also to run two weekend workshops for teachers.
I researched the work at Singleton Open Air Museum and eventually based the work on scaled-up bee skep. It was made from woven hazel plastered with traditional daub (mud, straw and cow dung)