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Is an artist and climber whose art aims to give retired climbing gear a second life. An average climbing rope lasts from 3 to 5 years, and then is discarded for safety reasons. Mark sees these ropes as a medium to create stunning pieces of functional and decorative art. These works preserve the emotional power of the rope and what it represents – the life-saving link between two climbers. They also represent the artist’s engagement with environmental causes, preserving the ropes for centuries to come. His creative process is made even more fulfilling by choosing complex projects that constantly push the boundaries of what has come before.

I am fascinated by the interplay between beauty and functionality. My work represents an ecological awareness in the preservation and utilization of discarded climbing rope re-purposed for a second ascent.  I also hope it makes us question our Throw-away culture when there are things all around us waiting for another life.  



give your old rope a

second ascent

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Concord, New Hampshire

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