Multnomah County Central Courthouse Lobby Artwork

Lynn Basa

On the Boards – Artist Lynn Basa was selected by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to create a 25’ x 71’ glass artwork for the lobby of the new 17-story Multnomah County Central Courthouse in Portland, OR. Basa chose Bullseye Studio to fabricate the 1,775-square-foot work, a series of 120 5′ tall x 3′ wide panels composed entirely of kilnformed glass. Designed by SRG Partnership / CGL Ricci Greene, the new, nearly completed courthouse is located at Southwest First Avenue and Madison Street.

Basa’s design for the two-story artwork—viewable from the lobby, the second and third stories of the building, and from the building’s exterior—was inspired by conversations with the project’s Artist Selection Panel, courthouse judges and employees, as well as formerly incarcerated community members. The focus of the artwork is a landscape that reflects the rippling passage of behavior, through redemption and rehabilitation, that is sought in the community justice process.

The artist elected to use glass for the project in order to create effects similar to those of encaustic painting, her primary medium. Basa chose to work with Bullseye Studio to translate her work from encaustic to glass based on the success of her prior work with Bullseye’s team creating mosaic columns for TriMet’s Orange Line stations. Bullseye Studio developed a process for translating between the mediums, then executed the work in colored crushed glass on canvases of opalescent white glass.

Funded by Multnomah County Percent for Art and managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Bullseye Studio worked closely with SRG, RACC, Multnomah County, Hoffman Construction, and the engineering firm KPFF to realize this massive project. Installation of the artwork is scheduled for early May of this year and will be performed by Artech.