Tuesday, 9 October 2012

David Nash's Sculptures

Also at kew was the work of David Nash the sculptor who is exhibiting at kew until April 2013. Nash's work shows a comitment to the enviroment helping inspire visitors to Kew to understand our place in the natural world. The work is spread across the gardens unfolding like a narrative. Many are found in the temperate house nestling amonst the plants. The sculptures are often charred then oiled but retain an essence of their original form. Whilst he is there he is creating a new sculpture from a three hundred year old tree one of the oldest in the park which has come to end of its natural life. He is resisident at the gardens for one year so the displays will change over time. Well worth a look.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Kew GardensTreetopWalk

Whilst in London I also visited the Rhizotron and Xstrata treetop walkway which was opened in 2008. It was designed by Mark Barfields architects who designed the London eye. The design is based on the Fibonacci numerical sequence. The word 'rhitzotron' is derived from the greek word 'rhiza' which means 'root'. This 18metre high 200metre walkway towers up from the ground supported by rusted steel colums. It was inspiring to be so high amongst the tree tops.