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Title
Standing Frame
Artist
David Nash
Date
1987
Dimensions
overall 172 × 209.75 × 209.5 inches
Materials
charred white oak
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1987.75
Inscriptions
N.A.
Physical Description
parts of white oak trees that have been cut and charred, stand in a tripod creating a square frame at the top
Credit Line
Gift of Star Tribune and Cowles Media Foundation, 1987

artwork entry David Nash, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

British artist David Nash has been making sculptures from trees since the late 1970s. An ardent environmentalist, he uses only trees that have fallen or cuts fully mature specimens to open space for new growth. He then uses the wood as completely as possible, including the twigs and scraps, which are reduced to charcoal for his drawings. This work for the Garden was made from two white oaks found near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Nash fashioned the stripped branches and trunk into an open square frame supported on three “legs,” its sections joined in tongue-and-groove fashion and secured with wooden pegs. The resulting structure allows visitors to frame idealized views of the surrounding land and cityscape, reminding us of the role art can play in unifying man and nature. In 1994, after the wood’s natural aging had turned the sculpture a pale gray, Nash charred its surface with a propane torch to embolden its sculptural line and provide a new seal.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 34.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

curriculum resource David Nash, Standing Frame (1987) Walker Art Center, 1998

British artist David Nash has been making sculptures from trees since the late 1970s. Nash is an environmentalist; for his artworks Nash uses only trees that have fallen or cuts fully mature trees to open space for new forest growth. The artist uses all parts of the trees, including the twigs and scraps that he makes into charcoal for his drawings. He carefully studies the unique qualities of tree limbs and branches for possible sculptural interpretations. Nash made Standing Frame from two white oaks found near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. The trees were hauled by a horse from a wooded area along the St. Croix River. In 1994, after the wood’s natural aging had turned the sculpture a pale gray, the artist charred the surface black with a propane torch to embolden its sculptural line and provide a new seal. Visitors can look through the “frame” to view the surrounding land and cityscape.

Text for David Nash, Standing Frame (1987), from the curriculum guide The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: A Garden for All Seasons, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center