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Seeing Blue, 2010

Mike Mandel
(American, born 1950)

Location: Chiawana High School, Pasco

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist Mike Mandel uses bridges as the main symbol of his mosaic mural artwork because they literally and figuratively link the communities of the Tri-Cities in Southeast Washington and the students who are the future of the community. Mandel has also included imagery of the region's iconic Blue Bridge and the old Northern Pacific Bridge that connect the three communities of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. Seeing Blue dominates the main two-story hallway of Chiawana High School and is based on photos of students. It consists of four 13 by 18 foot mosaic panels, composed of more than 137,000 one-inch porcelain and glass tiles, with over seventy-five different colors. The artist has based the mural's look and process on the marriage of the camera and the computer: each tile represents one pixel on the computer screen.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Pasco School District.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist Mike Mandel creates large-scale mosaic murals using photographic imagery. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974. Mandel states that his "approach to permanent public art is to tap into the intertwined stories of history, myth, images of land and community."

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - stone / ceramics / terracotta

Medium

Porcelain and glass mosaic tile

Dimensions

13 ft x 73 ft

ID Number

WSAC2008.022.003

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Massachusetts, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Pasco School District

Artwork Location

Chiawana High School
hallway opposite the library

WA County

Franklin

Setting

Interior

Site Type

Public School

Address

1215 W. Lewis St.
Pasco, WA 99301

Geo. Coordinates

46.25750092683329 | -119.19893545767212

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