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Nissen Hut

Nissen Hut by Rachel Whiteread

Turner Prize-winning artist Rachel Whiteread has been commissioned to create a new work to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission, which was established in 1919 to address the depletion of timber reserves caused by the First World War.

Nissen Hut By Rachel Whiteread
Opening autumn 2018, Dalby Forest
Co-commissioned by Forestry Commission and 14-18 NOW

The sculpture, which will sit in Yorkshire’s Dalby Forest, will be the cast of the inside of a local Nissen hut – the pre-fab military structure invented during the First World War that was used to house the workers that first planted Dalby Forest in 1920 and later to house prisoners of war.

Nissen Hut will be a permanent testament to the lasting impact of the First World War on the British landscape. It forms the latest addition to Rachel Whiteread’s acclaimed Shy Sculpture series.

The sculpture has been co-commissioned by the Forestry Commission and 14-18 NOW, which is the UK’s arts organisation set up to bring a creative response to the centenary of the First World War. They have commissioned over 150 artists and organisations to take part in its closing programme from March to November 2018. For more information, visit

The sculpture will be unveiled in autumn 2018, and will form the start of a national programme of cultural events celebrating England’s trees and forests continuing throughout 2019 to mark the Forestry Commission’s centenary.

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Last updated: 2nd February 2018

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