Then came the clever part. “During my MA I started to use CNC (computer numerically controlled) technology to make my sculptures.” In this process a machine is instructed by a computer to laser-cut or hotwire certain materials according to shapes programmed into the computer. In Nash’s case the materials were steel and polystyrene and the shapes were the drawings of walkers’ paths on the maps. ”In this way I was removing myself almost entirely from the artistic process,” he says. “I was composing, rather than generating, images.” The sculptures are divided into two separate types. Most striking are the representations of various walkers’ paths made out of brightly painted steel frames. There are also several unpainted three-dimensional polystyrene forms, which look rather like futuristic buildings, or too-well-rounded cliffs.

The show, the last-ever art exhibition in the Gardner, is very interesting. But is it aesthetically pleasing? “I think they are, because although they demonstrate the topography of the park and the randomness of its users, I do have some artistic input,” says Will. Although park-walkers created the shapes, and computers cut them out of the materials Will chose, he did have a hand in the look of the final structures. “I decided to put the sculptures together according to various categories,” he says. In this way I was able to create structures which were well balanced, where lines converged without meeting.” he concludes. “Like when you write this up you will be able to chop bits out and put bits together again.” AG


Will Nash: “Sometimes the term ‘art’ can be a turn-off”

Stanmer Park
When? Until 31st March
How Much? Free
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