David Nash is a British sculptor and Land artist working primarily with natural materials and live trees. His wooden sculptures are made using heavy equipment including chainsaws and blowtorches, morphing trees into unexpected shapes such as his Oculus Block (2010), a melding of two Eucalyptus stumps into a solid square. Born on November 14, 1945 in Esher, England, he attended the Kingston College of Art and later the Chelsea School of Art. Among his first and best-known works is Ash Dome (1977), for which the artist planted a circle of ash trees to form a wooden dome, its location kept secret to protect its delicate environment. In his performance Wooden Boulder (1978), Nash released a large carved ball of wood on a Welsh mountainside to be taken by nature gradually towards the Atlantic Ocean over the course of many years. His work has been featured in the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Gallery Lelong in Zürich, Sala de la Diputacion in Spain, Annely Juda Fine Art in London, and Kew Gardens in Queens. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1999, and was awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to the arts in 2004.