Art Friday (on a Wednesday): Giant Tree Sculpture cast from Actual Tree

This is just too good to wait until Friday for. Artist John Grade, working with arborists, climbed 90 feet up a beautiful old hemlock tree and took plaster casts of the tree.  They then lowered these down and enlisted hundreds of volunteers to make a wooden cast of the tree using tiny blocks of wood.

The whole thing was sanded down and – well see for yourself:

John Grade, Middle Fork tree sculpture

John Grade - tree sculpture

Middle Fork is the first exhibition at the new MadArt space in Seattle and will be on view through April 25th before it goes on tour to galleries and art fairs around the U.S. In two years the pieces will be transported to the base of the living tree from which the mold was taken where they will decay and disintegrate back into the ground.

If you are in Seattle, get down to MadArt now.  If not keep track of the travels and see it when it gets near you!

More photos and information here

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