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Richard Beyer, creator of 'Interurban' sculpture, has died

The Associated Press
Just a day in the life of the "Waiting for the Interurban" sculpture in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.

The artist behind "Waiting for the Interurban," a popular sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, has died. Richard Beyer created the piece in 1978, which launched his career in public artwork. 

Since then, the community has taken a special interest in "Waiting for the Interurban." The sculpted figures are mysteriously dressed up for holidays and sports games. 

The Seattle Times reports Beyer had no formal training as an artist, and quit a job at Boeing to follow his dream.  Seventeen of his sculptures can be seen around Seattle and many others are in public spaces around the northwest. 

Richard Beyer had a stroke last month and never recovered.  He died on Monday, at 86-years-old.