July 26, 1925|
|Died||April 9, 2012
New York City, New York
|Known for||public sculpture|
|Notable work||Waiting for the Interurban|
Beyer was best known for his sculpture Waiting for the Interurban located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The sculpture, which is one of the most popular works of art in Seattle, was commissioned by the Fremont Arts Council and dedicated in 1978. It depicts six people and a dog waiting for the Seattle to Everett Interurban, a public transportation service that ended in the 1930s.
Other sculptures by Beyer include a statue of Ivar Haglund in Seattle, a statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus, Georgia, a sculpture of a bull sitting on a bench in Ellensburg, Washington, a sculpture of a fisherman kissing a fish in Des Moines, Washington, and a sculpture of a kissing couple in Olympia, Washington described as "perhaps Olympia's most popular and well-known piece of public art".
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