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David Nash: Seventy-one Steps

A strong relationship between the artist and YSP was established during various residencies years and in 2010 David Nash returned to YSP for what he described as the most important project of his career.

As part of this major project, David Nash created a site specific commission on the walking route to Longside via Oxley Bank. Seventy-one Steps climbs from the lake up to the top of the bank, connecting the two sides of the valley and the four galleries. Seventy one huge oak steps, carefully charred and oiled, follow the lie of the land on the hill. The steps are completed by 30 tonnes of coal embedded between the steps to create a stunning installation that will erode and change over time. The installation is also sensitive to the woodland setting which becomes covered with bluebells each spring. Referencing the natural cycle of wood andBarnsley Lump, the ‘going’ work will remain as a legacy of the project for many years.