2016 John Grade's Sculpture at Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon is an exhibition in two parts: one at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho, and one at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho. Coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial, the project celebrates a uniquely Western environment: Craters of the Moon National Monument, “a weird and scenic landscape” (in the words of Calvin Coolidge) that evolved over eight volcanic eruptions that occurred 15,000 to 2,000 years ago. Craters is a vast sea of black lava flows, tubes, caves and cones, dotted with sagebrush and other vegetation and punctuated by wind-sculpted limber pines. The area first gained attention when explorer Robert Limbert walked the 50-mile length of its Great Rift in 1920 and then began lobbying for National Park designation.

The exhibition at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts features work by five artists, each considering Craters of the Moon from different points of view. The Center has commissioned two of these artists to create large-scale sculptures by artists John Grade and Jason Middlebrook that will be located outdoors at Craters of the Moon National Monument during the summer of 2016 and then relocated to sites in the city of Ketchum in the fall.

Craters of the Moon
May 20-July 30, 2016: The Center, Ketchum
May 20-late September, 2016: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, ID
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