Harborview Medical Center
Ideas from many cultures are embedded in a sprawling mosaic and terrazzo lobby floor.
Linda Beaumont's Full Circle welcomes visitors to the reception area in Harborview Medical Center's 8th Avenue lobby. The 1,800 square-foot mosaic and terrazzo floor includes images and ideas from many cultures.The artwork uses old-world style terrazzo based in cement rather than epoxy. Etched travertine inserts feature semi-precious stones, beads, and shells from around the world—all embedded at precisely the right depth to be revealed in the grinding process. In these mosaics, symbols from nature appear alongside mathematical forms and a wide array of quotations.
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Circles suggest individual cells, celestial bodies, and the creation of worlds. Suns with emanating rays show young and old stages of a star's evolution. An ancient Hindu icon depicts the evolution of the universe from dense matter. Intricate brass divider strips form a chambered nautilus and diatoms represent single-cell plankton that inhabit the seven seas, providing the planet with much of its oxygen.
“The circles are cells and also worlds,” Beaumont says. “The cycles of suns, creation of earth, and the spiral of life.”
About the Location
Harborview Medical Center For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…
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