Courtesy: Tom Collicott
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Points of View

Seattle, Washington

Pam Beyette, Richard Turner, Norie Sato, Michael Davis

Seattle Justice Center, Courts Lobby, 600 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 98104
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2002
Placement:  courthouses
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work), installations (visual works)
Material:  granite (rock), bronze (metal), limestone
Description:  Seattle's Justice Center is home to the city's Municipal Court and Seattle Police Department Headquarters. The major artwork for the Justice Center was developed collaboratively by the team of lead artist Pam Beyette with Michael Davis, Norie Sato and Richard Turner. Early in the design process the artists agreed the artwork would engage community members in thoughts about the nature of the justice system and the roles of the police and the courts in their lives. A primary metaphor that developed was the "ripple effect" of an individual's actions on society at large. A single act against the law affects not only the perpetrator and victim, but also families and friends of these people, sometimes unintended strangers and ultimately the judicial system.

Points of View, the focal point of the lobby, is a 28-foot sculpture. It is comprised of two conical forms, one suspended over the other and intended to suggest the ongoing dialogue between compassion and justice, natural law and the rule of man, the ideal of the judicial system and the difficulty creating true balance within society.

The aligned cones are the center for the concentric arcs that spread across the lobby and symbolize the rippling effect of the individual's action on society at large.

Funding source: Fleets and Facilities Department 1% for Art.

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