Famous Seattle Sculptor with ties to Ellensburg Dies at 86

Most know the Seattle sculptor Richard Beyer for his public artwork: “Waiting for the Interurban.”  The Fremont sculpture features five adults, one with a baby in her arms, and a dog with the face of the Fremont civic leader who opposed the placement of the statute.  The sculpture has delighted Seattlelites on the corner of North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North since 1979.

Madrona LibraryMany probably do not know of Beyer’s other work such as the well-endowed bull sculpture commissioned by the city of Ellensburg or the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona’s artwork The Peaceable Kingdom in front of the Madrona Library on 33rd & Union.  Like the face of the dog in Fremont, Beyer’s artwork often had hidden meaning beyond what the naked eye would first glean.  For example, the aluminum sculpture in Madrona was to show how the Seattle neighborhood could live together as one in some turbulent time in its history.  The theme is roughly based on biblical passage, Isaiah 11:6-9, with each animal representing a part of Madrona: the pig = the police, the panther = the Black Panthers, the wolf = the aggressive street youth, and the sheep = the neighborhood elderly.

Beyer shaped creative art that could be enjoyed by everyone.  Click the link to read more about Beyer’s life in the Seattle Times.