It starts with a vision

Grinspoon’s sculptures are the result of intensely collaborative efforts that marry his vision, reflected in his preliminary sketches, with the logistics of sourcing, transporting, transforming and preserving fallen trees, and more recently the integration of glass fishnet floats, stainless steel spheres or objects that capture his imagination in antique stores and flea markets. At least six people are involved in creating the sculptures. A collaborative process.

Grinspoon credits his creative partner Adam Suska with translating visions into permanent sculptures and guaranteeing their safe transportation and installation. An artist with 20 years of experience, "Adam is a genius in producing the final form of the sculptures we make," said Grinspoon. "There seems to be no technical problem that he can’t solve, and I have thrown quite a few at him."

Trees are symbolic in many traditions and faiths, particularly Judaism. But Grinspoon, who strongly embraces his Jewish culture, has no driving need for people to lend more meaning to his art than what’s there. He wants people to see what they want to see, and appreciate how much he enjoyed making it, that it came out of him. If the works have an identifiable theme, it is their affirmation of life. “My work with materials that were once alive, but are being given a new life, and appreciating that beauty in a new way, has allowed me to grapple with themes of mortality and immortality," according to Harold.

Sometimes attributed with “reinventing retirement,” Grinspoon said that even though his creative passion came late in life, his art was gestating over many years. As he put it: “I’ve spent a lifetime evolving as a person, attempting to grow and expand my thinking and capacity for caring and generosity and being present in the moment. Art has ultimately been the gift that unlocked more understanding than I could have imagined.”

Harold Grinspoon