Dinos in Seattle? Of course, although the ones I’m thinking of are covered in ivy rather than feathers (as these icons of prehistoric times are now believed to have been).
I have a soft spot for the Fremont neighborhood because of its wackiness, self-confidence as “center of the universe”, and free spirit. Fremont has a lot of public art (see my articles on Waiting for the Interurban and the Lenin statue) – some are hard to miss, whereas others might surprise you as you spot them suddenly when you’re passing by, maybe you even missed them the first few times.
Grazing in the grass just south of North 34th Street & Phinney Avenue North by the Burke Gilman trail and opposite from Theo Chocolate Factory, you’ll find two large topiaries in the shape of a mother and child Apatosauruses. Mother dino is about 66-feet long, and together, the dinosaur topiaries weigh about 5 tons and require about 7,000 ivy plans to cover them completely.
The little dino family was installed in Fremont in 1999. The topiaries were created by the Pacific Science Center to promote a dinosaur exhibit in the 1980’s. After the exhibit ended, the topiaries were offered for sale – and Fremont activists Josh Logan and Jon Hegeman purchased them for $1 – plus moving costs.
Rent one of the dock-less share-bikes from LimeBike, Spin, or Ofo, and head to Fremont via the Burke-Gilman trail to admire these prehistoric creatures and to discover what else this fun and vibrant neighborhood has to offer.