Nash creates his works from nature: using a chain-saw, an axe and a blow torch he carves, chisels, cuts and blackens his sculptures. The black tones give depth, and an almost painterly touch. The rough angles and deep cuts give a sense of formal masculinity akin to the good old days of Minimalism. It evokes images of Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Tony Smith.
The monochrome clean lines and shapes which lie between organic and geometric contrast with the green wilderness of Kew. Simultaneously, his sculptures herald from nature and seek to merge with it. They embrace nature and almost seem to want to living and growing organisms themselves. The real contrast is of the living breathing plants and the deadened and hardened wood sculptures. They embody death and sit like headstones in dense and beautiful hot house.
I recommend making a visit to see Nash, as with the changing colours of Kew, the sculptures seem to become more lived in, and the overall aspect changes, as the landscape develops. His work can be seen dotted around the hot houses, larger sculptures are found in open spaces and smaller works are exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.
Please see below photographs of David Nash's work, as well as of the aspects of Kew Gardens.