Lightning StrikeDavid Nash, 2008
Approximately five-metres tall, the sculpture Lightning Strike (2008) (title page) by David Nash (*1945) dominates the museum forecourt. The Corten steel sculpture – often referred to as ‘giraffe’ by visitors and guests – was installed in 2011 as part of the Back to the Roots exhibition and has since become a kind of landmark for the museum. The connection and multifaceted interplay between nature and art is central to the work of the British artist, whose preferred working material is wood. For decades, he has been exploring its malleability, resilience and vulnerability in many different ways. For him, the tree is an indefatigable teacher, a living interlocutor whose reactions can be predicted but who is also prone to putting up imponderable resistance. Lightning Strike, one of Nash’s first experiments with Corten steel, is based on a wooden sculpture which, after more than 16 years outside, showed clear signs of ageing and was reissued in this work.