That old chestnut - reconstructed.

We were working on this at the start of March. chestnut2.jpg chestnut3.jpg moto_0190.jpg moto_0192.jpg    moto_0204.jpg

The concept was to create a piece for an exhibition about the use of coppiced sweet chestnut wood.

So, we thought it would be a great idea to saw a longish chestnut log in half and then cleave into quarters. 8 pieces. Double tapered, then re - construct using stainless steel connectors. All then set into a plinth formed of shifting oak blocks (books).

So what is it all about then?

You can bring what you like to this, view it merely as a pleasing object, just peer through it - inside it.

It also speaks of a once widely used wood for a multitude of uses such as hop poles, fencing, ladders - (tradition) meets contemporary construction aesthetic balanced on the ever shifting knowledge of expectation. Seeing through, within to the very heart, centre of the form that once again stands like a tree, reaching back up to the sky.

It was quite a challenge to assemble!