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October 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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John Grade's "Wawona" sculpture installed at MOHAI


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

John Grade's sculpture, Wawona, is almost 64-feet high made and from the salvaged woods from the hull of the sailing ship of the same name. This view looks up to the sky.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

John Grade is dwarfed by his sculpture weighing 11,000 pounds with over 200 wooden panels and 10,000 hours of work involved. Visitors will be able to explore the inside of the sculpture that references the hull of a ship and an old growth tree.

For more photos, visit these galleries:
Wawona sculpture installed at MOHAI
John Grade sculpts from salvaged schooner
Wawona's farewell journey

For video, follow these links:
Raw video: John Grade and his assistants build a sculpture for MOHAI
Profile of sculptor John Grade

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