Nils-Udo “The Nest”, Earth, stones, birch trees, birch branches, grass, L�neburg Heath, Germany, 1978

The Nest

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)

Patrick Dougherty

Childhood Dreams, Arizona

Yayoi Kusama’s Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006 on Orchard Road, Singapore.

Chris Drury

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)


‘YEW SPHERES’, Ickworth House, Suffolk
Made as  temporary site specific works to Coincide with Crossover exhibition of contemporary basket makers organised by Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

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