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John Grade: Middle Fork Workshop

Sat Sep 3 2016

Olympic Sculpture Park

TPL Terrace

10 AM – 6 PM

Be a part of constructing John Grade’s large-scale sculpture Middle Fork in preparation for its installation at the Seattle Art Museum!

For this five-day, pop-up workshop, volunteers are invited to help complete the final 100 foot-long sculpture in order to more than double the length of the work for its installation in the Brotman Forum.

Middle Fork echoes the contours of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. Beginning by making a full plaster cast of the living tree, the artist and a cadre of volunteers used this mold to recreate the tree’s form out of thousands of pieces of reclaimed old-growth cedar.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a time to participate in advance. Walk-ups are welcome as space permits and on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for the workshop in advance of your visit, please contact Lauren at the artist's studio at

About the Artist

Grade’s work is exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and outdoors in urban spaces and nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve collaboration with large groups of people. He lives and works in Seattle.

Image: Middle Fork (detail), 2016, John Grade, American, b. 1970, wood, 30 x 28 x 105 ft., Collection of the artist.