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Meijer Gardens produces 'large-scale' exhibit by British sculptor

May 21, 2014
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Meijer Gardens produces 'large-scale' exhibit by British sculptor
"Three Iron Humps" by David Nash, 2009. Cast iron. Courtesy David Nash and Royal Botanic Gardens

More than 25 pieces by a major British sculptor are being featured across a “large-scale” exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The exhibit “David Nash: From Kew Gardens to Meijer Gardens” is organized by the Royal Botanic Gardens in conjunction with Meijer Gardens and will feature various sculptures and drawings, from this Friday through Aug. 17.

Nash was the first artist-in-residence at Kew Gardens outside of London and worked for a year installing works at the botanical garden.

Various pieces by Nash will be displayed throughout Meijer Garden, including a few new pieces for the exhibit.

“In many ways, David Nash and the whole of his career — which conjoins sculpture and the natural world — is at the very heart of the mission of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,” said David Hooker, president and CEO, Meijer Gardens.

Nash uses trees as a central part of his art, and Meijer Gardens has commissioned Nash for a site-specific planting of dozens of young larch trees on the hillside of The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. The garden won’t be open until June 2015, but the planting will be visible from the pathways.

“David Nash’s vision and voice is unique and enduring in the realm of contemporary art,” said Joseph Becherer, chief curator and vice president, Meijer Gardens. “From carving to casting to planting, his sculptural repertoire is majestically unlike any other sculptor working today.”

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