Deborah Mersky
Biography of a Branch
2002

LOCATION
Exterior along east stairs of Fisher Pavilion

FUNDING SOURCE
Seattle Center 1% for Art funds


Mersky designed a glass tile mosaic to enliven the concrete wall of the Fisher Pavilion staircase. It depicts a series of local fauna anchored by a fanciful, larger-than-life centerpiece branch created by combining several segments of bushes and trees to form a naturalistic but improbable whole. Called Biography of a Branch, the work evokes the combined histories of Seattle's multicultural citizens. The citizens are metaphorically represented by the accumulated generations of the plants that grow in local parks and neighborhoods.