David Nash 1978
“As the trees came into leaf during my residency I was gently drawn into the metabolism, place and energy of the forest. I have tried to acknowledge the relationship of the forest and those who work in it; using their materials and tools and calling on their experience.”
Willow Ladder used trees that Nash had grafted together and then planted. Much of the original structure was eaten by deer and was replaced the following year. This was also not completely successful as Nash was not able to make enough visits to Grizedale to give it the upkeep and attention it required. However, one ‘leg’ of the ladder does still remain, now protected from deer by an enclosing fence.
Other works by David Nash included Running Table II (1977) , Running Table III (1978), Horned Tripod (1978), Wooden Waterway (1978), Sweeping Larch Enclosure (1978)