Big Wood, Big Saw.
14th October 2009
David Nash has started on new works at Evan Shively's woodyard in Tomales Bay, California. When they're ready these new sculptures will be seen next year in the major Nash exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Last year David Nash bought a huge lump of wood - four Eucalyptus trees that had grown together and fused into one. This week Nash has gone back to California to start work on this and other large sculptures. He will be working at the woodyard in California for a month.
Evan Shivley had a 12 foot bar made for the chainsaw especially for working with David Nash.
For these large new works the woodmen at the yard have been using the biggest chainsaws available that require a man at each end of the blade.
These massive trees will become some of the largest sculptures that Nash has made to date.
Also See -
More photos from this trip in the news item David Nash Shipping Out
Updating the Family Tree video
David Nash at the Eisteddfod news item
David Nash in Mannheim, Germany news item
David Nash's California Twmps Article
David Nash's Gallery 'Evans Yard' with more photographs of this work.
David Nash's Profile Page click here
Culture Colony - Y Wladfa Newydd David Nash Gallery
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The Sculpture now has the working title of 'Oculus Block'
A delicate manouvre. The log weighed so much that it took two machines, each capable of lifting 10 tons, to move it.
Oculus (plural oculi) is the Latin word for eye, and the word remains in use in certain contexts, as the name of the round opening in the top of the dome of the Pantheon in Rome, and in reference to other round windows and openings.
Marking ready for cutting.
The finished sculpture waiting to be shipped from the woodyard in California to the Sculpture Park in Yorkshire.
David Nash at Evans Yard California