Three Oak Vessels by David Nash

Three Oak Vessels by David Nash
Three Oak Vessels by David Nash
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The British artist David Nash (1945 –) already has a long creative career behind him that has made him one of the benchmarks in land art. In fact, his works are spread over several continents, very far from his peculiar work studio located in an old Welsh church, of course located in a natural setting.

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Three Oak Vessels by David Nash

A good example of this dispersion of the work of Nash is the work that we show you here and which is located in the province of Huesca, north of Spain. It is a work from 2005 and therefore from a period of absolute maturity in which he no longer intends to make direct interventions in the landscape, as he did in his beginnings. If not, rather, he wants to recreate what he callsbiological sculptures, for which he finds no better material than wood, as in this case oaks

On this occasion he chooses a place surrounded by a pine forest and very close to a historic hermitage. There, in a leveling of the land, he draws a circle of about 12 meters in diameter and coinciding with three of its cardinal points: east, west and south, he raises his three pieces of wood.

They are three blocks of oak wood in which he has carved the vessels, a word that can be translated as canoe or small boat that has a connotation both of storage, therefore static, and ofnavigation, that is, dynamism. That is what gives the work its name. This element is recurrent in several of the author's creations, and he himself remembers that the first time he saw it was inAustralia. There he discovered a rubber tree in which the aborigines had carved their canoe and just as it had been extracted from the trunk, leaving the curious scar, shaped like a boat, but with a vertical character.

Although in this case, the openings that he has generated in the wooden shafts have a luminous character. They are crossed by sunlight at very specific times. Something that allows us to consider Nash's work as a huge and curious sundial, and also as an observatory that marks the solstices or the equinoxes.

The moments in which these trunks are literally pierced by sunlight have to do with sunrises, sunsets, and even with the zenith of the sun, when there is no shadow at all. In short, a work closely linked to others that have been made since ancient times on all continents, and since it is a British creator, we can somehow relate it to the mythical Stonehenge.

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