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Current

Linda Beaumont

Bellevue City Hall

Materials embedded in this terrazzo floor mimic the shape and movement of a river.

© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford

As the only integrated interior artwork in Bellevue City Hall, Current flows across the entire length of the 14,000-square-foot lobby like a river—a metaphor for the stream of ideas and activities within the building, and a reference to the underground waterway that runs near the site.

In a process called “seeding,” artist Linda Beaumont and her fabrication team hand-placed an immense volume of exotic materials in the terrazzo floor, including hand-blown glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, multi-colored beads, and semi-precious stones such as jasper, turquoise, and mother of pearl. The composition was inspired by the line work and delicate watercolors found in Japanese woodblock prints. It pulses with subtle shifts that dance in the light and echo the movement of water, “creating a luminous organic field of color and energy underfoot,” Beaumont says. “There is a current revealed, one that rewinds, reweaves, and respects the flowing energy of life.”
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© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford
© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford
© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford
© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford
© Linda Beaumont, Current, 2006, epoxy terrazzo, aluminum, brass inlays, semi-precious stones, beads, glass cane, crushed iridescent glass, Detail, Collection of the City of Bellevue, Photo by Spike Mafford
 

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Bellevue City Hall

Once the site of a commercial telecommunications office space that fell fallow, Bellevue City Hall is now a world-class civic center. Located downtown at NE 4th Street and 110th Ave NE, the spacious building and public plaza features four artworks commissioned from three Pacific Northwest artists. Inspired by Bellevue’s evolution and surrounding natural beauty, the…

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