David Nash’s Ash Dome was originally planted somewhere in the Welsh landscape in 1977. 22 Ash tree’s planted in a circle, sculpted into an encapsulating and growing liminal space. A monument to an uncertain future.
I wanted something that belonged to the place and something which didn’t resist the elements but actually engaged with the elements. So the Ash Dome came from that thought. The 70’s was a dangerous time, politically, economical, internationally. People were talking about the human being destroying itself before we got to the 21st century. I thought I would make a sculpture amid at the 21st century.
– David Nash
When I first planted the ring of trees for Ash Dome, the Cold War was still a threat. There was serious economic gloom, very high unemployment in our country, and nuclear war was a real possibility. We were killing the planet, which we still are because of greed. In Britain, our governments were changing quickly, so we had very short-term political and economic policies. To make a gesture by planting something for the 21st century, which was what Ash Dome was about, was a long-term commitment, an act of faith. I did not know what I was letting myself in for.
– David Nash