David Nash: Ash Dome
It’s almost 40 years since the artist David Nash began his ‘Ash Dome’ project. Near his home in Wales he planted 22 ash trees and trained them to grow into a dome shape. He explains his motivations thus:
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.
It’s an art project that takes the long view, a perspective that’s increasingly rare these days, and one that I endorse.