Fever if you live and learn

My latest Fever installation is now in position in a big old Ash tree at Burghley House, Stamford. The exhibition will open in May, details to follow.

Fever, Image by Michael Shaw, 2016

Fever, Image by Michael Shaw, 2016

Fever, Image by Michael Shaw, 2016

Fever, Image by Michael Shaw, 2016

'Away' at Broomhill Sands complete

At last the sculptures at Broomhill are all done and signed off, access to the whole sea defence is now open to all so come along and have a look, it's an amazing piece of engineering to construct something on this scale (the sea defence not my sculptures). The project team worked on the scheme for over 70 weeks, with approximately 80 people involved continuously. The sculptures feel very at home here and have immediately been scrambled all over by visiting kids.

For more info and images of the Away project Click Here

Final inspection

Final inspection

Broomhill Sands

Another site visit today, all three sculptures are standing, this one has the shingle bank filled in around it. There are a few snagging issues to resolve, but we will hopefully be complete next week.

Working in public

I have a talk coming up next month in Lewes, I'll be talking about making art in the public realm, from getting commissions to working with developers and local councils.

Broomhill Sands Sculptures Underway

Just back from a visit to the very windy site at Broomhill Sands in Romney Marsh to see the cut timbers and decide on the final location for each of the 3 'Away' sculptures. Looks like Team Van Oord will start assembling them on site from Monday 16th Nov

Away’ is a collaboration between the UK Environment Agency, its contractors Team Van Oord (a Joint Venture partnership between Van Oord, Kier, Mackley Construction and Royal HaskoningDHV) and the artist Will Nash to develop an artistic intervention as an integrated part of the design and construction of the Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Romney Marsh, East Sussex.

MKportal installed

My great big multiple mirror installation is now complete, many thanks to Dave and Aaeron for their hard work on Thursday and Friday. Comments from the passing public ranged from 'Wot a WASTE of money' to 'this is SICK' with a few instant phone selfies. So I guess its fair to say mixed, but I'm genuinely touched and happy that so many people reacted to their own reflections with such passion.

There will be an event with David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash in Conversation with Rebecca Heald at the MK Gallery project space on the 4th Nov, click here for more information

Away at Broomhill Sands

‘Away’ is a collaboration between the UK Environment Agency, its contractors Team Van Oord (a Joint Venture partnership between Van Oord, Kier, Mackley Construction and Royal HaskoningDHV) and the artist Will Nash to develop an artistic intervention as an integrated part of the design and construction of the Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Romney Marsh, East Sussex.

The sculptures will be made from recycled timber sourced from the decommissioned sea defences. These images show rendered views of the three sculptures, they will be made by the Team Van Oord 'Timber Gang' with Will Nash at Rye Harbour. We are hoping to begin construction before the end of October

Fever at Coombe Trenchard

Sculptural 15 at Coombe Trenchard has closed so I have dismantled 'Fever When You Hold Me Tight'. Happy to see that the host tree is all fine and shows no sign of its previous occupancy.

Swale Park

Did my first 6 month check up of the trees and sculpture at Swale Park in Whitstable. Everything is in order, some damage to three of the trees but they all have new growth and some even have apples. I look forward to seeing it in 5 or 10 years, that's the trouble (or joy) with making work that has to grow into the intention, patience is required. Some residents have kindly agreed to keep an eye on the trees and water them if we have long stretches without rain, many thanks to you all. To see more about this project click here.


Broomhill Sands

Looks like the Broomhill sculptures are about to get underway, last week I visited the yard where the timber has been de-nailed and stacked. Looking forward to getting started.

Rendered impression of one of the sculptures


New Atomic Sculpture

Just completed the first large Atomic sculpture, consisting of multiple cells based on a tetrahedral arrangement, made from 6mm bright steel rod. Now its time to clean up the welds and get it powdercoated.