Lowry London

Journal

South London Gallery Exhibition: Danh Vo

We were honoured to be asked recently by the Marian Goodman Gallery and South London Gallery to delicately prepare over 8 tonnes of specially selected black walnut. The artist, Danh Vo, sourced the wood from an orchard of walnut trees that belonged to one of the leading US generals in the Vietnam War. Vo had fled Vietnam and so the exhibition poignantly combined the two histories. The wood itself was filled with magnesium hooks that the orchard had hammered into the trees over the decades to increase the nut yield, and when the pallets were opened, dozens of black widow spiders and various other insects were found. Luckily for our sakes these ones had long passed, but it did make us appreciate the relative safety we have in our normal jobs working with native British hardwoods all the more!