Some of the greatest attractions of Washington, DC are the museums, most of them free and open year-round. At the Renwick Gallery on Pennsylvania Avenue we explored a fantastic exhibit called Wonder. Each room of the gallery features the work of a single artist who created large-scale installations from unexpected materials like Index cards, marbles, insects and strips of wood to produce awe-inspiring results.
When you enter the free exhibit, a sign encourages visitors to take photos. This is what we found.
John Grade selected a hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle that is approximately 150 years old. His team created a full plaster cast of the tree (without harming it), then used the cast as a mold to build a new tree out of a half-million segments of reclaimed cedar. After the exhibition closes, Middle Fork (Cascades) will be carried back to the hemlock’s location and left on the forest floor,
Listen as Johnny Cash & Lynn Anderson tear it up.
Where we are today.