Das Nest


Artist
Nils-Udo (German, b. 1937)
Date
1978
Medium
Photograph
Dimensions
Sheet/image : 19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in. (50 x 50 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2022.36

Label
This photograph documents one of several large nest-like structures built by German eco artist Nils-Udo at various sites around the world between the 1970s and 2010s. The nests are typically constructed of logs that must be carefully arranged and balanced to prevent the several-ton structures from collapsing. For Nils-Udo, the nest form symbolizes both the complexity and fragility of the natural environment. The interwoven logs are a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all living things and remind us of our responsibility to protect and preserve the natural ecosystems to which we belong.

Object Type
Photograph