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Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

 

“When we were suspended high up in the tree casting all of its surfaces, it was fascinating to discover the nuances and irregularities of the structure. When each person later worked on a small section of the sculpture they would respond to the casts we had made so there was a connection established back to the original experience of the tree. I wasn’t dictating how each person shaped the section of the sculpture they worked on. As you move around the sculpture now, it becomes more and more evident that it is the culmination of many perspectives instead of one solitary vision.”

 —Seattle-based sculptor John Grade on Middle Fork, cast from a 140-year-old Western Hemlock in North Bend, Wash., and created from hundreds of thousands of individual wood pieces with the help of hundreds of volunteers. See Middle Fork at MadArt Space through April 25.

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