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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wawona sculpture installed at MOHAI

Under MOHAI's new building above the waters of South Lake Union, artist John Grade gets a first look at his finished and installed sculpture, Wawona, as it extends below the building and rises through the roof "sea to sky." It's a repurposing of the salvaged old-growth Douglas fir from the hull of the sailing ship by the same name. The sculpture stands 56-feet within the building, 5-feet below the floor and 2 1/2-feet above the roof. It is meant to evoke an old growth tree and the hull of a ship. MOHAI opens to the public on December 29. Grade will be giving artist talks in January. The sculpture has been almost a 2-year project for him.