Flanagan wanted to show the sculptural properties of everyday things. No. 5 consists of 44 tapering hazel branches, 33 strips of felt and 3 ropes piled according to a system devised by the artist. Two branches are laid parallel to each other on the floor. A second pair are laid on top but positioned slightly closer together, and so on. The positioning of the felt and rope elements are also defined by the artist. However, the person installing the work chooses the reduction in width between the parallel branches on each layer, taking into account the location and surrounding space.