National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Descending Vessel


Type Sculpture

     In 1993 David Nash spent a week at Margam Park creating Descending Vessel from a long dead oak tree that was due to be felled. By cutting the limbs off the tree, de-barking, carving and then charring the top of the oak, a permanent sculpture was added to the core collection at Margam. Taken from leaflet 'Sculpture at Margam': Margam has been a premier arts venue since 1983. It has attracted sculptures from all over the world and has staged many prestigious exhibitions. In the past the park has been linked with the Henry Moore Trust, the Royal Society of British Sculptures, the Frink Collection and the Hepworth Collection. Today sculpture at Margam is funded by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and assisted by the Arts Council of Wales. The collection is situated in and around the famous Margam Orangery.

Related works : See also NPT010, 011, 012, 014 & 015. There are a number of other works at Margam Park. Contact Neath Port Talbot C.B. Council for further information.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Nash, David Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Descending Vessel Oak 1370cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road None
Precise location In Margam Country Park
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS804865
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1993
Unveiling details 1993
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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