Joe Wheeler
Common Ground
2002

LOCATION
Seattle Justice Center
Ninth-Floor Elevator Lobby
600 Fifth Avenue

FUNDING SOURCE
Fleets and Facilities Department 1% for Art


Common Ground, a figurative glass mosaic panel created in the manner of Byzantine art, features imagery rooted in ancient heritage and folk traditions. The artist sees the artwork as neither narrative nor hierarchical; the piece is about harmony and balance and is meant to speak to a common humanity.

"The imagery rooted in both our ancient heritage and folk traditions is meant to speak to a common humanity. Neither narrative nor hierarchical, it is about harmony and balance. When these conditions are present Justice may be implied. The figures offer themselves as references. Seen as ancestor figures, we might stand on their shoulders; we share them among us. In this I feel is strength and common ground."