Washington Veterans Home, 2006

Mike Mandel
(American, born 1950)

Location: Washington Veterans Home, Retsil


Artist Mike Mandel created an artwork that recalls the Washington Veterans Home motto "Serving those who served." It is made of thousands of 1-inch square tiles and shows imagery of resident Glen Morrison and his dog tags, the building's architecture, and artifacts from its archives.

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


Artist Mike Mandel creates large-scale mosaic murals using photographic imagery. He states that his "approach to permanent public art is to tap into the intertwined stories of history, myth, images of land and community."
Mandel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the California State University Northridge in 1972. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974.

Material CategorySculpture - stone / ceramics / terracotta
MediumPorcelain and glass mosaic tile
Dimensions13 ft x 38 ft x 1/4 in
ID NumberWSAC2004.058.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationMassachusetts, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Artwork LocationWashington Veterans Home
Retaining wall along driveway
WA CountyKitsap
Site TypeState Agency
Address1141 Beach Drive
Retsil, WA 98378
Geo. Coordinates47.544722 | -122.614863
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