140-year-old hemlock tree replicated perfectly in new wood

140-year-old hemlock tree replicated perfectly in new wood

Currently on display at Madart, in Seattle, is this replica of a massive a 140-year-old western hemlock tree. The sculpture titled ‘Middle Fork’ is John Grade’s latest work of art. To create this piece, Grade and his team took a plaster cast of an actual tree growing in North Bend, Washington.

The molds were taken back to his studio where a team of over 100 volunteers carved salvaged old-growth cedar blocks for one year into a perfect replica of the original. After its tour in galleries, ‘Middle Fork’ will be returned to the base of the living tree where the mold was taken. Over time, the sculpture will become moss-covered, degrade, and eventually return to the Earth.

You can see this spectacular object at Madart now until April 25th, 2015.

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