The Neighborhood, 2001

Robert Calvo
(American, born 1949, died 2015)

Location: Centralia College, Centralia


The Neighborhood is a 960 square foot terrazzo floor located in the lobby of Washington Hall at Centralia College. Terrazzo is comprised of colorful marble, granite, quarts, and glass chips mixed together with cement. Late artist Robert Calvo designed the floor. His design addresses the interconnectedness of small and large communities, as well as the student's personal journey toward a larger social contribution. The unifying design of the floor mural joins outlines of Lewis County and Washington State, a world map, and maps of planetary orbits and constellations. This design expresses the idea of extending outward intellectually, physically, and culturally.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Centralia College.


Portland, Oregon-based artist Robert Calvo (1949-2015) created large-scale sculptural and architectural installations for public spaces. Many of his artworks reference maps and cartography, a lifelong interest. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and at the University of Texas, Austin. He graduated from the University of South Florida with honors.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media
DimensionsOverall floor 960 square feet
ID NumberWSAC1999.090.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyCentralia College
Artwork LocationCentralia College
Lobby of Washington Hall
WA CountyLewis
Site TypeCollege
Address600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, WA 98531
Geo. Coordinates46.715403, -122.963257
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