Façade, 1979

Joseph Mannino
(American, born 1950)

Location: Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia


Façade is part of artist Joseph Mannino's body of works informed by classical architecture. Carved from wood, half of the piece depicts a spiral staircase, while the other side presents a cross-section of carved spaces. He notes that his use of architectural imagery stems from its symbolic relationship to "the order, values, politics, and ambitions of a society."

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


Artist Joseph Mannino creates sculptural artworks that investigate proportion and symbolism. He works mainly with clay, creating large-scale ceramic sculptures.

Mannino received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College in Illinois, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University. He taught ceramics at Carnegie Mellon University for 35 years (1986-2021).

MediumHigh-fire ceramic and epoxy cement
Dimensions9 ft x 4 ft 6 in diameter
ID NumberWSAC1983.091.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationPennsylvania, United States
Location Information
AgencyWashington State Arts Commission
Artwork LocationWashington State Arts Commission
Not on display. At ArtsWA pending conservation, framing, re-siting, or return to site.
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address711 Capitol Way S., Suite 600
Olympia, WA 98504
Geo. Coordinates47.041975, -122.901474
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