Cracking Box
Cracking Box
Cracking Box
Cracking Box
Cracking Box
Cracking Box
Cracking Box

© David Nash. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Sheffield Museums

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David Nash uses nature as part of his creative process. 'Cracking Box' is made from six slices of green oak that were pegged together. As the wood dried out in the gallery, the sides of the box cracked, forming its own channels in the wood. Nash explains, 'A geometric order has been applied to the wood, an order that we can recognise – a square box – then the behaviour of the material as it dries, breaks that order, challenges it.'

Sheffield Museums: Graves Gallery



Cracking Box






H 60 x W 49 x D 53 cm

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gift, 1986

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