This was a Jerwood Open Forest Application in collaboration with Giles Thaxton. We didn't quite make it through to the final selection but we're still keen to make the idea happen somehow, so get in touch if you've got some space and are looking for a beautiful piece of interactive sculpture!
The nest quietly settles into the woodland floor, surrounded by the trees from which it's timbers were cut - bright and freshly cut in comparison to the surrounding dark and aged woodland, calling the visitor with it's unusal contrasting combination of newness and the natural. Chancing upon this sculpture of steamed timber a visitor is certain to feel drawn to investigate.
Upon approaching, the intricacy of the nest is revealed. Inspiration has been taken from the organised chaos of a birds nest, along with the human conundrum of the mobius strip. As you make your way inside a contemplative and magical space is revealed - a place to appreciate the sound and light of the surroundings, a place to relax, perhaps to remember the cozy feelings of a childlike woodland hideaway, a sacred space to share. The nest focuses your attention upwards into the canopy, giving you a 'birds eye view' of the forest with the light reflecting off the curved surfaces of the new timber - a striking and beautiful experience.
The construction would be mainly done on site using a firewood powered steam box – a method with which we have much experience. The hot and steamed timbers are very flexible and so are quickly bent into the required position – woven into the structure and fixed before cooling and setting hard.
The materials would hopefully come from the woodland itself making an interesting link between trees and uses of timber. The process of steaming and building could also be done on-site, bringing the audience along with us on the journey, and providing a fascinating involvement in the building process.
The final design is, like steamed timber, flexible and open to discussion. The shape can be more spherical or flat, the size large or small, the timber dimensions altered to suit wood available and the final location discussed - be it up a tree or on the woodland floor.