Multnomah County Central Courthouse Lobby Artwork

Lynn Basa

On the Boards – Artist Lynn Basa was selected by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, Oregon to create a 25’ x 75’ glass artwork for the lobby of the new 17-story Multnomah County Central Courthouse. Basa chose Bullseye Studio to fabricate the 1,875-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 courthouse, still under construction, is located at Southwest First Avenue and Madison Street. The artwork is being made possible by the courthouse project’s Percent for Art funding. Bullseye Studio is working closely with SRG, RACC, Multnomah County, Hoffman Construction, and the engineering firm KPFF to realize this massive project. Installation is slated for early 2020.

Basa’s design for the three-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, the courthouse judges and employees, as well as formerly incarcerated community members. The focus of the artwork is a landscape that reflects the ripple effect of behavior and the passage to redemption and rehabilitation in the community justice process.

The artist chose to use glass because of the way it flows, creating 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.