"Its carved surface allows the light of Seattle in, invites the touch of our visitors, faintly smells of Puget Sound's ancient forests and even sounds like the rigging of a distant ship. In every way, it is unexpected, yet seems so much at home. Placed in the center of the Museum of History & Industry, Wawona is a monumental, but living presence.
"Like the ship it is built from, the sculpture Wawona will also evolve -- through the movement of people, through the passage of time, through our changing perceptions of how we mark our moments in this place. In Wawona, John Grade has invited us to enter that historic continuum -- a gift both profound and transitory."
John Grade has done a number of large scale projects for both public and private institutions, including exhibitions at Fabrica in the UK, the Whatcom Museum, the Kohler Museum, the Bellingham Museum, the Boise Art Museum, Galerie Ateliers L'H Du Seige in France, and numerous site-based installations both in the United States and abroad. In 2010, Grade received the highest award in sculpture from the American Academy of Art and Letters in New York City, conferred to him by noted American sculptor, Martin Puryear.
The Museum of History & Industry had its Grand Opening of its new exhibition venue at Lake Union Park on December 29, 2012, and will be hosting an Artist Talk with John Grade on Thursday, January 24th from 7:00 - 8:00pm. This event is now sold out. For more information on the Museum, please visit http://www.mohai.org/.
John Grade would like to thank his engineering team from Arup, a global independent design and business consulting form characterized by their commitment to outstanding solutions, innovation and value. John Grade has been showing with CYNTHIA-REEVES since 2009. For more information, please contact the gallery or visit CYNTHIA-REEVES.com.