Saturday, January 22, 2011

John Grade

Seattle artist John Grade created a 10,000-pound ceramic sculpture that he and a crew of 150 hikers will be porting up the side of a mountain in the Cascade range later this winter. Once "Circuit" reaches the peak, the pieces of the artwork will be attached in the form of an elliptical ring around the top of the mountain, where it will spend more than a year while the wind, rain, snow and harsh temperatures elements erode it unpredictably. At the end of that period it will be taken apart and marched back down to sea level, reassembled and displayed in its weathered state. Stranger art critic Jen Graves has a story about the project here.

In the meantime, Grade has a piece called "La Chasse" or "The Hunt" slowly changing in a French forest and a nearby gallery that is well worth a look.

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