The Itinerant
The Itinerant
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Waiting for the Interurban, in Fremont, is easily Washingtonian Richard Beyer’s most famous and most widely photographed sculpture in Seattle. This one, The Itinerant, can be easily overlooked, though, and located on Broadway and E Harrison Street (at the northeast corner). It depicts a full-length figure of a man sleeping on a bench, his head covered by an open newspaper, which the artist believes is a very good use for bearers of such bad news.


Like all of Beyer’s noted works, this one has the rough-cut surfaces created by use of carved Styrofoam models, which he casts in aluminium – and with the heavy looks and giant boots, always reminds me of the Frankenstein monsters from all those wonderful old Universal Horror classics I used to watch (and indeed, still enjoy watching) as a kid. The sculpture was commissioned in 1981 by local Broadway business and private individuals as part of a major facelift of the area.


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