David Nash: Seventy-one Steps

David Nash often works with natural materials to make interventions in the landscape. He has a longstanding relationship with YSP and in 2010 was invited to make a permanent work to coincide with his major exhibition in the indoor galleries and open air. After exploring the site, he proposed replacing the existing, worn steps that led up from the lakes towards Oxley Bank and the highest points of the Park.

71 oak slabs were charred and oiled on site before installing, and were placed to work with the lie of the land. The steps are completed by 30 tonnes of coal surrounding the steps, creating a stunning installation that will erode and change over time. Integrated into the landscape and as well as being functional, the work provides a humble reference to our deep-rooted connections with nature.