As logging and climate change continue to wear on our forests, trees are becoming increasingly precious beings. So a Seattle artist has decided to preserve one for posterity, by making an enormous to-scale mold of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree.
Entitled Middle Fork, the tree sculpture was recently unveiled at the MadArt space in Seattle as the latest sculptural work by artist, John Grade – who mobilized an army of volunteers to help make sectional plaster casts of the actual tree. As This is Colossal explains, Grade, along with a team of arborists went nearly 90 feet into the air to make some of the casts, then carefully lowered and transported them to the MadArt space over a period of two weeks.
What happened after that is even more miraculous. Over the following year, hundreds of volunteers helped Grade to build the hollow sculpture made from hundreds of thousands of small wood blocks. Check out the video below to see how it all went down.
Via This is Colossal
Images via John Grade