Ohio Supreme Court Artwork

A recent appearance before the Ohio Supreme Court occasioned seeing this and other artwork at The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Among the many murals is this work by Herman Henry Wessel (1878-1969) entitled “Twentieth Century Commerce in Ohio”. The Wessel studio where he and his painter wife Bessie worked is near Eden Park in Cincinnati. I like the way Wessel imaginatively composed a map of Ohio by giving it the appearance of three-dimensions with symbolic people, places and things…civic art at a masterwork level.