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Tree sculptures by John Grade

Liked John Grade (johngrade.com)

Inspired by changing geological and biological forms and systems in the natural world, John works with his studio team to sculpt immersive large-scale, site-specific installations. Kinetics, impermanence and chance are often central to the work.

wooden sculpture of cast hemlock tree hanging sideways in art gallery
Middle fork by John Grade

This piece is extremely cool looking — and even cooler that it’s from the Middle Fork, a place that’s really important to me and my husband.

The dedication it took to make this piece happen! He and a team cast a plaster mold of the original tree in situ!

looking up into carved out stump of a burned huge sequoia trunk, with divots carved through and black burned patches
Coalition by John Grade

I really like the hollow, perforated format, the raw wood form of his pieces. On Coalition it’s like the natural decay of beetle holes, but manmade. On Middle Fork it’s like a weaving, making me think of fish weirs and the local Snoqualmie tribe (even though Snoqualmie Falls is a natural fish passage barrier to the Middle Fork).

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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