Seattle’s neighborhoods each have their own features setting them apart from the rest of the city. None is quirkier than Fremont, self-pronounced “Center of the Universe” on a green sign crossing the Fremont bridge (also advising you to set your watch 5 minutes forward).
Immediately after crossing the beautiful and brightly painted cast-iron Fremont bridge, you are greeted by a sculpture just east of the northern end of the bridge depicting six persons and a dog with a human-like face, called Waiting for the Interurban. You might be a little confused at first, since the sculpture is situated under a shelter, which on occasion has visitors looking for a time table, mistaking it for a real bus stop. The sculpture was created in 1979 by Richard Beyer to commemorate the old Seattle-to-Everett interurban rail line.
The cast-aluminum statue is often adorned or clothed by its neighbors. The Interurban has thus featured costumes, displays and been subject to “art attacks” celebrating everything from weddings, birthdays, bon voyages, congratulations, and demonstrations. This continuous stream of interactive genius has made the Interurban one of Fremont’s most recognizable landmarks and a symbol of the fun and creative energy for which the neighborhood is well-known.
Rumor has it that the dog’s face depicts another local legend, Arman Napoleon Stepanian, the unofficial Mayor of Fremont in the early years and known as the “Godfather of Recycling” and pioneer of of Seattle’s highly successful recycling program that has since been copied nationwide.