Big Tongue

Big Tongue is made from the trunk and branches of an ash.

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Big Tongue in the Temperate House

Big Tongue in the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

Date and material

  • 1988
  • Ash

Form from nature

A linear, self-supporting structure needs at least three legs in order to stand. This long-legged sculpture is self-supporting on four branches and bent-double with a 'tongue' of ash from the trunk. It is an unusual shape, which revealed itself to Nash as he cut through the wood. He says, 'I'd never have thought of doing it.'

Originally made for an exhibition in Tournus Abbey in France, it then took up residence in Nash's garden in Wales. During this spell outdoors it was eaten by slugs and snails, which has given the work its colour and texture.

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