I discovered another Richard Beyer sculpture in downtown Issaquah this week. It's titled, The Linda Ruehle Bench. It's a life size tribrute of the late beloved City Clerk, Linda Ruehle, across East Sunset Way from City Hall.
Rich Beyer (1925 - 2012) is probably best known for his 1979 sculpture “People waiting for the Interurban” in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. It depicts a group of six people and a dog waiting for the Interurban Railway.
Rich Beyer is one of my favorite sculptors. I love his work, it always embraces the spirit, history and story of the community, often with whimsy and humor. The bench here sits a top stacks of city ordinance books.
You'll find Beyer’s public pieces which are mostly cast aluminum in several locations around the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Yakima, Edmonds, Des Moines and Renton among other places.
For the Linda Ruehle Bench sculpture, Beyer was assisted by sculptor Steve Love.
"Art is seeing common things transformed by love, and the best public art belongs to the story of a community."
~ Rich Beyer