Back and Forth, 1986

Jean Mandeberg
(American, born 1950)

Location: Public Health Laboratories, Shoreline


Back and Forth are a pair of abstract aluminum sculptures created by artist Jean Mandeberg for the Public Health Laboratories. She considers the sculptures "satellites" that share similar forms and conceptual references. Mandeberg cut shapes into the aluminum sheeting – some were left empty and others were filled with aluminum screening.

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


Jean Mandeberg's mixed-media sculptures explore craft, folk art, and games with an emphasis on color, material, and form.
Mandeberg is Professor Emeritus at The Evergreen State College. She has served as a board member for the Olympia Artspace Alliance and as a commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission. She is based in Olympia, Washington.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumAnodized aluminum and painted aluminum screen
DimensionsTwo sculptures, 7 ft x 6 ft x 10 ft and 7 ft x 16 ft x 10 ft
ID NumberWSAC1986.027.00A-B
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Health
Artwork LocationPublic Health Laboratories
Main entrance on concrete, West of entrance on grassy area near lunchroom
WA CountyKing
Site TypeState Agency
Address1610 NE 150th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155
Geo. Coordinates47.737864, -122.310592
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