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The Optohedron

The Optohedron

By Will Nash

Due to launch July 2020

Will Nash is an artist with a fascination for geometry and patterns in nature. Examining the faceted structure of an insect’s eye, Will has developed a piece called Optohedron. This arrangement of five identical cells creates a rising curved sequence, which if you were to continue adding cells, would create a sphere. This links to the mysterious Golden Ratio geometry which continues to fascinate artists and scientists today. The name Optohedron is derived from the ancient Greek: optikos, “of seeing” and herd “raised seat.”

“The Optohedron sculpture is inspired by the act of viewing, thinking about seeing as the fundamental interface between the person and the world. Whilst exploring this idea, I investigated optics, the science of light, which took me to an ancient instrument, the Kaleidoscope.”

Will Nash

The Optohedron is constructed from weathering steel with a protective layer of rust on its surface. The individual cells are packed with locally sourced unprocessed timber to create a solid seat. Concealed within the packed timber are three spherical kaleidoscopes, each one orientated to view a different element of the surrounding nature.

The Optohedron is part of the Inspiring Views programme that reveals lost views, engages those who do not normally access the countryside and includes a conservation project. Chalk scrapes have been created in front of the Optohedron and planted with Horseshoe Vetch to attract rare native butterflies including the Small Blue.

Plan your visit

The Optohedron can be found on the North Downs Way near to Newlands Corner in Surrey. Nearest Car Park is on Drove Road, Albury, Guildford GU4 8SE. From here, carefully cross Shere Road, the A25 to walk along the North Downs Way. The artwork is on your right after an approximately 5 minute walk.

With thanks to all those who donated to our crowdfunding page, to the Albury Estate and for additional support from:

Will Nash

Artist and sculptor Will Nash was born in Bangor, North Wales, in 1973. He studied Multi Media Fine Art at Middlesex University (1994-1997), and gained an MA in Design by Project from the University of Brighton (2004-2006). At the centre of Will Nash’s practice is a concern with form, structure and quantity.