The Clemson Clay Nest is the 80-Ton Wonder of the Avian World

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: Mar 28, 2012 • References: clemson.edu and thisiscolossal
At first glance, what may appear to be the nest of a Roc (Greek mythological giant bird) is in fact the Clemson Clay Nest, a collaboration between Bavarian artist Nils-Udo and the Clemson University.

The inspiration behind the Clemson Clay Nest springs from Nils-Udo’s passion for the aesthetics inherent within nature. Often working with the manipulation of naturally forming objects -- running water, freshly sprouted plants -- Udo’s art is a “response to the landscape and materials he finds around him," according to the Clemson website.

The Clemson Clay Nest was built around the unique formation of the landscape. Using 80 tons of pine logs and hundreds of bamboo stock was carefully arranged in a circular pattern and emerged within solid red clay. The project was eventually dismantled but these images preserve what was an artfully constructed tribute to natural beauty.