Multnomah County Central Courthouse Lobby Artwork

Lynn Basa

This is artist Lynn Basa’s  25’ x 73’ unnamed glass artwork for the lobby of the new 17-story Multnomah County Central Courthouse in Portland, OR.  The 1,825-square-foot courthouse artwork is composed of a series of 120 5′ tall x 3′ wide panels made entirely of kilnformed glass. 

Basa chose to partner with Bullseye Studio to translate her work from encaustic to glass based on the success of her prior work with Bullseye Studio’s team creating mosaic columns for TriMet’s Orange Line stations. For the courthouse project, Bullseye Studio developed a process for translating between the original encaustic artwork and glass, then executed it in colored frit on canvases of opalescent white.

Viewable from the lobby, the second and third stories of the building, and from the building’s exterior, Basa’s design for the two-story artwork 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.

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

Designed by SRG Partnership/ CGL Ricci Greene, the new courthouse is located at Southwest First Avenue and Madison Street.