Art People Love
Stories of Richard
S. Beyer's Life and His Sculpture
Margaret W. Beyer
Foreword by Fred Bassetti
We don't know
their names. They don't appear to have much money. Where
they work, what they believe in, how they voteit's a mystery.
These five anonymous adults, a child, and a dog (with a human face!)
comprise a statue group by noted Pacific Northwest artist Richard
Beyer called "People Waiting for the Interurban."
having stood for 20 years at a congested intersection near Seattle's
Fremont Bridgeone of the busiest drawbridges anywhere. They've
been waiting, oblivious to cars, rumbling trucks, bus fumes, screeching
brakes, bleating horns, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The full-sized figures stand under a Victorian-style pergola expecting
the arrival of Fremont's long-defunct trolley, which will never
come. They stand, lost in their own world.
dedication in May 1978, "People Waiting for the Interurban" has
become the best known public sculpture in western Washington.
can't keep their hands off the cast aluminum figuresthey're
protected from rain with umbrellas, decked out in warm clothes
it snows, dressed up in Santa suits at Christmas time and party
hats for New Year's, hold American flags on election day, and
political signs and banners in response to current events. Seattle
commuters take the Fremont route in the morning just to see "what's
with" the statues. It's the kind of
response that the artist has inspired in other communities, too,
after unveiling scores of works in parks, resorts, playgrounds,
commercial buildings, and along city sidewalks.
in brick, wood, and metal (particularly aluminum) portray icons
and themes from Indian legends and Pacific Northwest history and
lifeways. Distinct local creatures such as salmon, coyote,
bear, Sasquatch, whales, and domestic animals appear in his
Likewise, people involved in everyday activitiesstorytelling,
kissing, playing, watching TVare a special inspiration to
the artist. Persons of all ages interact with themit's
"the art people love."
People Love is a perceptive, extensively illustrated overview
of the work
of the artist written by the person who knows him besthis
wife, Margaret Beyer. In addition, The Art People Love serves
as a guide to Rich Beyer's sculptures, located throughout the Northwest. Besides
presenting the artist's goals and views, Margaret Beyer highlights
significant, and often controversial, issues in the selection
and display of public art in the Pacific Northwest today.
and Richard Beyer reside in Pateros, Washington, where Rich
continues to create sculptures in his studio.
sees honor in low estate, where acts of integrity are a way of life
among people unaware that they have been observed...He speaks to
all ages, to all levels of artistic sophistication."
Fred Bassetti, Seattle architect
terrific discussion of artand politics. Margaret Beyers
commentary is opinionated and insightful, and the generous use of
photographs compounds the pleasure."
Tacoma News Tribune
1/2" x 9"
144 pages (1999)