1. Giant “Middle Fork” Tree Cast Sculpture by John Grade

    Artist John Grade has brought the form of a giant 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree from North Bend, WA inside Seattle’s MadArt, an art space that specializes in exhibiting large-scale installations by emerging artists, and generating community involvement in the arts. One year ago, Grade and his crew scaled the massive tree with the help of a team of arborists, going 90 feet up into the air to take sectional plaster casts of its body for two weeks. The pieces were transported to the MadArt space, where hundreds of volunteers came in to help build “Middle Fork,” the resulting hollow sculpture of the tree by piecing together thousands of small wood blocks over the course of a year.

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