David Nash, Balance Column

David Nash
Balance Column, 2021
Corten steel
305 x 175 x 160 cm
Courtesy David Nash and Galerie Lelong & Co (Paris)

Verticality is an important component of David Nash's work. His sculpture Balance Column, in Corten steel, evokes cairns, those artificial mounds of stones erected on beaches. As roughly cut with an axe, David Nash's geometric forms are stacked in a column whose balance seems sometimes unstable and sometimes safe. For him, form must contend with different parameters in order to flourish: material, space and movement.

David Nash, Balance Column, 2021, Corten steel, 305 x 175 x 160 cm. Courtesy David Nash and Galerie Lelong & Co (Paris) © Luc Boegly

Biography of the artist

Born in 1945 in Esher, UK. Lives and works in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales.
For 50 years, David Nash has been guided by a creative instinct dictated by his favorite subject: trees. Taking the form of sometimes monumental sculptures, sometimes in more humble formats, the artist adapts to each shape of trunk or branch to invent sculptures and installations.
While David Nash's early work focused on wood sculpture, his practice now includes bronze, aluminum and Corten steel, which he transforms into geometric forms such as cubes, spheres, domes and columns.