David Nash Rostrum with Bonks 1971

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Artist
David Nash born 1945
Title
Rostrum with Bonks
Date 1971
Medium Wood
Dimensions Object: 1740 x 630 x 630 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03471
Not on display

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Using a sculptural language partly derived from Brancusi, David Nash here presents a formal yet allusive representation of landscape through a particular use of natural materials. He has shaped the balls (or ‘bonks’) with an axe into rough approximations of spheres; one, of ash, has split when drying. The word bonk was a nickname given to a rock outcrop in a field, which the artist has described as ‘outcrop -- isolated place island-like, contained observed as places, points across the land’.

The bonks, placed on top of the pine rostrum, are -- from front to back -- made of ash, chestnut and birch wood.

February 2010

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