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Artist John Grade’s “Middle Fork” Sculpture

Artist John Grade’s “Middle Fork” Sculpture

Sunday January 25th was the opening of local artist John Grade’s newest exhibit, Middle Fork, a sculpture more than 9 months in the making at MadArt. Beginning as a plaster mold formed from a living Hemlock tree in North Bend, WA, John pieced together this intricate wooden structure with the help of a team of assistants and volunteers. When you stand up close you smell the cedar and see how the 500,000 blocks were formed to the exact shapes of the bark, trunk and branches.

The sculpture will be on display until May, when it will leave Seattle to travel to London, Hong Kong and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Its journey will end when it is returned to the foot of the tree from which it was cast, where it will gradually moss over and degrade into the forest floor.

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture

Artist John Grade's "Middle Fork" Sculpture