Catalog Findings

By Kimberly Woodworth

        Two catalogs were found to have information and/or pictures of the mosaic and of Harrison Blass and those were: Time After Time: A Golden Occasion 1946-1996, and the Olympic College Course Catalogs. In Time After Time there is a page of pictures showing Blass and two students, Brad Kauzlaric and Harlan Matheson, installing the mosaic and also a picture of the finished product with the pond in front. Another whole page has a picture of Jack Crouse, two pictures of him doing art work/teaching art and including a short synopsis about him. In the “Olympic College Public Art” section of Time After Time, is a list of the public art on the Olympic College campus at that time. The mosaic is listed at the top stating that it measures 12 x 38 feet, is located on the south side of the Science Building, is created by the artist Harrison V. Blass and was completed in 1956.

        The Olympic College Course Catalogs have various landscape pictures of the campus involving the mosaic and one large picture of Blass working on it. Among the descriptions of classes current at Olympic College in 1960-1961 and the 1965-66 catalogs are two landscape pictures of the Science Building and in both the mosaic is shown. The 1957-1958 course catalog has an architect’s sketch of what was to be the “Olympic College Plant” and on the right side of the picture it mentions that the Science Unit was dedicated in 1954.

        In both catalogs are probably the most famous taken pictures of Blass and his mosaic. This particular picture appears in almost everything involving the mosaic. The picture is of Blass sitting on a plank towards the middle of the mosaic sketching. According to the list of Olympic College Public Art in Time After Time, between the years of 1946 and 1996, the first major work of art done for ten years concerning the college was Blass’ mosaic. Art seemed to be a very popular program during the time period of Mr. Blass. Pictures were everywhere. Even an entire page in the Time After Time catalog is dedicated to his colleague Mr. Crouse, giving a brief history of his journey to become a professional artist. The “architect’s sketch” in the course catalog is very interesting because it specifically mentions the Science Building. There must have been a great sense of pride for that building and the mosaic. The mosaic is even drawn on the building in the sketch so it was definitely considered a very important part of it. Proven by almost every picture taken of the Science Building, the mosaic is always the main focus of attention.