Spirit Nest, created by renowned artist Jayson Fann, is built from a variety of natural materials. The main component was built with harvested eucalyptus, an invasive species in California removed as part of native habitat restoration projects. Bernheim’s Spirit Nest also contains regional hardwoods consisting of ash, oak, hickory, black locust and stairs made from cedar planks. All hardwoods are from fallen trees throughout the arboretum and forest, and just like the harvested eucalyptus, are repurposed into this uniquely Bernheim installation.
Additionally, the work is accentuated with driftwood collected from the Salt River and the Falls of the Ohio, which are renewable resources of multiple tree species, often traveling from as far as Pennsylvania.
The Spirit Nest Drum is made from a hollowed maple tree trunk and brought into the circle on good weather weekends and special events.