Beliz Brother
continuum
2003

LOCATION
Seattle City Hall
600 5th Avenue

FUNDING SOURCE
Fleets and Facilities Department 1% for Art


Beliz Brother's continuum glows luminously blue with an assembled collection of more than 5,000 images featuring the people of Seattle. Five, backlit glass panels framed in stainless steel form an 8-foot tall by 10-foot wide and 8-inch deep glass wall insert at the entrance to the City Council offices on the second floor. Two layers of safety glass sandwich photographic film printed with historic and contemporary images of Seattleites. From a distance the images appear as a rhythmic surface pattern. Close up, the images, ranging from one and a half inches to four and a half inches, read as a people's history of Seattle.

Brother explains, "To create this project I worked with over 40 Seattle organizations to collect more than 7,000 images. These organizations included small community groups, large and small historical organizations, local and federal archives, and local families. They span the time from the founding of Seattle in the mid 19th century to the present day. Images were collected from every neighborhood, ethnic population,school and occupation from archives, large and small, throughout the city, and together express the continuum of Seattle's cultural identity."