The 80-Ton Bird Nest

The Clemson Clay Nest was a public land art installation by Bavarian artist Nils-Udo that was constructed in the botanical gardens at Clemson University in South Carolina in 2005.

The artist statement: 

A steep grassy slope leads down to a hollow flanked by trees and located on the edge of a forest. Profound clay soil. The project reacts and works with the natural conditions encountered there. We dug and modeled the hollow for the nest deep into the bright red ground…

The nest was built with the assistance of numerous students and other volunteers using 80-tons of pine logs harvested from the local Oconee County pine plantation and hundreds of bamboo stocks that were carefully organized into a circular structure dug in gardens rich red clay. After two years the piece was eventually dismantled and the mulched trees were used to partially fill the large hole in order to replant the disturbed area . You can see many more of the work in these photos by Dylan Wolfe.

This installation seen in its environment creates a novel form and circumstance. Not only is it a wonderfully large sized nest, but is grounded at the edge of the forest. Perhaps inferring to a found nest on the forest floor, or simply the idea of fear or curiosity felt when one sees a large burrow in the ground!

“Hey, whats in there?”

“Lets take a look.”

Via: This_is_Colossal


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