John Grade’s large-scale sculpture, Middle Fork, echoes the contours of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.
Beginning by making a full plaster cast of the living tree, the artist and a cadre of volunteers used this mold to recreate the tree’s form out of thousands of pieces of reclaimed old-growth cedar. Begun in 2014 and currently 40-feet long, Grade will more than double the length of the work for its installation in the Brotman Forum.
Grade’s work is exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve collaboration with large groups of people. He lives and works in Seattle.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website