John often places his sculptures and installations out in the environment where nature interacts with them, consumes them,weathers them and ultimately bio degrades them.
"More than a sense of it’s okay that my art won’t last, I’m driven by the idea that it’s interesting that it won’t last. Because we have to let go of this notion that we’re supposed to fix things. There’s a place for that with certain things, but it’s way more interesting to watch that process of change, whether it’s decay or growth or whatever. And the other thing, too, is that letting go of some control opens up so much more. You develop a certain skill, a level of metier and craft with your work, but it can get really dead. A lot of fine furniture, to me, feels so dead. It’s so perfected. And life is not like that. You want some mess." John Grade