My new fossil sequoia prong set necklace took a field trip to visit John Grade’s Middle Fork exhibit at Mad Art Seattle. The remarkable and elaborate sculpture is made up of hundreds of thousands of individual wood pieces contouring a 140 year old Western Hemlock tree from North Bend, WA. The process began a year ago when John and his team scaled the tree in the forest to create plaster casts of its trunk and limbs. These casts were brought to the exhibit space in South Lake Union and used as guides to create the complex structure of the sculpture. Each piece of the countless wood blocks were hand shaped, oriented and bonded resulting in the remarkable hollow sculpture. The exhibit will travel internationally for two years and then return to the base of the original living tree in North Bend where it will eventually moss over and disintegrate.
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