Stainless steel, mirror
Alan Storey's Compass stands at the end of the main concourse in Bellevue City Hall. Also seen from the intersection of 112th Ave NE and NE 4th St, the elegant 63-foot-tall compass needle makes quite an impression.
Integrated with the opening and closing of the main front doors of City Hall, the artwork is sent a signal to the viewfinder device on the balcony. Every time the doors open or close, the viewfinder moves a few inches to the left or right, depending on whether a left or right door opened. The view finder focuses on the mirrored center disk of the Compass, so that there is always a different of the surrounding area and beyond to Mount Rainier. The artwork symbolizes Bellevue's metaphoric future, the direction created by those who come to City Hall.
Four major works were created by Pacific Northwest artists and integrated into the design and redevelopment of an old telecommunications building that is now Bellevue City Hall. The artworks celebrate the history, culture, and people of Bellevue, creating a pathway from the city's past to its future.
The artists – Dan Corson, Linda Beaumont and Alan Story were captivated by Bellevue's history and natural beauty. Taken together, their art – The Root, Longboat.Reed.Rookery, Current and Compass – weaves a narrative about Bellevue. They have collaborated to build a story, using a rich variety of materials, creating one interwoven and continuous art experience, linked by a silver thread.