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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

September 29, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Free day at the Flight Museum

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Sept. 26, 2:49 p.m., 4:48 p.m. [Click images to view larger]
statuemuseum2m.jpgLast Saturday, admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues across the country was free as part of Smithsonian Free Museum Day. Did you go to any in Seattle?
I took my kids to the Seattle Museum of Flight, which we all love. We’ve been there before, but it never hurts to see the great collection of airplanes again, especially for free. The aerocar is one of my favorites. The thing could transform from car to airplane in 15 minutes. Imagine that! Perhaps that would have been the answer to Seattle traffic woes? But, according to Wikipedia, a deal to massproduce it fell through when its designer, Moulton Taylor, of Longview, Wa., couldn’t secure at least 500 orders. Between 1949 and 1968 a total of six models were built. One was supposedly still flying as of 2008.
My kids were exhausted after a few hours roaming around the galleries, but I have to thank them for their extra effort waiting for me to do one more sketch of the statue at the entrance: “Team Effort.” It’s a beautiful piece and I’d love to know who was the artist who created it. The plaque credits it to Riverdog Fine Art. I’m going to do some research and will let you know what I find out. If you have any insights please let me know.
Update: I should pay more attention to my own writing on the sketch! The sculpture is by Larry Anderson, as I wrote on the sketch and was written in the plaque. Casting was by Riverdog Foundry, which was started by Tom Jay, of Chimacum, Jefferson County. He and his wife Sara Johani now operate The Lateral Bronze Casting Studio and they just completed a statue of conservationist Harvey Manning in Issaquah. Thanks to Sara for providing the information via e-mail.

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