DAVID NASH : A NATURAL GALLERY
CLIENT: KEW GARDENS
In 2012 David Nash, one of the UK’s most productive sculptors, became sculptor-in-residence at Kew Gardens. To celebrate, Kew hosted a major exhibition showcasing sculptures, installations, drawings and film throughout the gardens, glasshouses and exhibition spaces. Outside Studios were commissioned to create an arresting interpretive scheme to accompany and complement Nash’s striking work. This was a challenging design and build commission which involved conceiving of and producing temporary outdoor structures which worked in Kew’s landscape, were elegant and visually appealing.
Our solution was to create large totems and monoliths in the landscape which carried information about each sculpture, together with beautiful photography and way-finding, all installed in just 2 days. Clever design meant that the totems required no ground works, were movable yet still stood up to all the British weather could throw at them. Working closely with Nash and the Kew project team, Outside Studios delivered the commission, design, construction and installation of the exhibition interpretation, to ensure a high quality product and great visitor engagement. They also coped well with a very stormy summer!