Wonderful Wooden Work - John Grade

Wednesday 18 February 2015

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This tree sculpture was cast from the trunk of a 140-year-old hemlock. The piece, called Middle Fork, is the latest work from John Grade. John and his team began the process a year ago. They scaled a Western hemlock tree in North Bend, Washington with the help of a team of arborists.

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At nearly 90 feet in the air, the team created sectional plaster moulds of the tree, which were then lowered and transported back to the gallery space, over a period of two weeks.

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Then, over the next 12 months, hundreds of volunteers helped to make the hollow sculpture, using hundreds of thousands of small wood blocks.

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(PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF JOHN GRADE)