"Call to Investigate" from the series Panels of Deduction, 2004

Richard La Londe
(American, born 1950)

Location: Public Health Laboratories, Shoreline


The "Panels of Deduction" series by glass artist Richard La Londe tells the story of spiritual influences on our senses and intuition. Call to Investigate is the first panel in the series. It layers images of heavenly bodies examining mysteries of the natural world.

The "Panels of Deduction" were created for the Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline, Northwestern Washington. The series examines and honors qualities and senses that are important to the work done in the building.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Health.


Glass artist Richard La Londe creates elaborate glass murals that are pictorial narratives full of symbolism and color. He is also known for his glass handkerchief vessels.

La Londe grew up in Vancouver, Southwestern Washington. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Geology. He immediately started making art and worked odd jobs. La Londe is a pioneer in the fused glass movement. He was one of the initial artists in the 1980s to work and experiment with Bullseye Glass Company's colored glass for fusing. He has taught glass fusing at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Northwestern Washington, as well as around the United States and Canada. Today, La Londe lives on Whidbey Island in Northern Puget Sound, Western Washington. His work has been exhibited and commissioned internationally.

Describing his technique, La Londe notes: “I outline the design on a clear piece of glass by applying a thin line of powdered glass that is suspended in a gum medium. Then I lay crushed colored glass into the outlined areas in a manner similar to sand painting. This is fused in a kiln, cooled, flipped over, and fused a second time producing depth.” The basics of this fused glass technique dates back to ancient Egypt, 3,500 years ago.

Material CategorySculpture - glass
MediumFused glass panels
Dimensions26 in x 22 in
ID NumberWSAC2002.279.001A
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Health
Artwork LocationPublic Health Laboratories
Main corridor
WA CountyKing
Site TypeState Agency
Address1610 NE 150th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155
Geo. Coordinates47.738119, -122.310788
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