Bellevue City Hall
Materials embedded in this terrazzo floor mimic the shape and movement of a river.
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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The piece also includes four quotations in cut brass, which the artist imagined would be found like treasures on a beach. Among them is Heraclitus (540–480 BC): “You could not step twice into the same river, for other waters are ever flowing onto you.”
In 2007, the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association awarded its Job of the Year honor to Beaumont and her long-time fabrication collaborators, General Terrazzo and Tile of Renton, for this work.
About the Location
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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