The sculpture follows the contours of a 140-year-old western hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. The artist and more volunteers used the plaster cast to recreate the tree out of nearly one million small pieces of reclaimed old-growth cedar.
Middle Fork is currently 30 X 28 X 105 FT
The sculpture has had many extensions, and Grade plans more. He hopes to match the 140-foot length of the original living tree. Eventually, he plans to place the sculpture back in the forest, so it can decompose and return to the earth at the base of the original tree.
The work has also been shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC and was displayed at the 2017 Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Watch this short video, or go to the second video for a long look at the project.
More on the project on John Grade’s website, here.