You give me fever

Will Nash is a British visual artist known for his mathematically precise work: here he uses the repetition of a geometric figure to highlight the space occupied by a tree. He chose as a starting point a quotation gleaned from an illustrated guide by the writer Hugh Johnson, Trees, explaining the difference between trees and other living beings, namely its ligneous structure which lifts it above the ground. Will Nash’s installation showcases this aerial silhouette while faithfully following the contours of the chosen plant. His inspiration remains mathematical: its basic unit is in fact a diamond taken from one of the stained glass windows of Amiens Cathedral, whose architecture, according to the artist, can be compared to that of a tree ascending towards the sky. The final installation, painted in white, is a combination of 62 identical cubic modules, 4.6 metres high and with a total weight of 238 kilos: light and elevated, its form seems to envelop the foliage of the plant from which it takes its inspiration. The installation also makes a reference to French gardens, whose design follows very precise rules with a real concern for formal perfection, far removed from the much more spontaneous English designs. 

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