Sketched Aug. 29, 2013
While all eyes are on the new Husky Stadium, let me draw attention to a small, but familiar, piece of the upgraded complex: the 360-pound bronze husky sculpture that has welcomed fans since 1995 and is now the centerpiece of the Dawg Pack Entrance.
Did you know “Husky Spirit” is related to Rachel, the Pike Place Market pig? Both statues are the creations of Whidbey Island sculptor Georgia Gerber, whose portfolio of local public art includes plenty of animals: bears at the Redmond Town Center, gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo and two harbor seals on Alki Beach (to be dedicated Sept. 8). Gerber said that of the more than 60 pieces she has created, the husky is special to her because she is a University of Washington alumna. The goal was to create “a proud husky, larger than life, that would become an iconic image.”
Sitting to draw it for a couple hours gave me a new appreciation for Gerber’s work. I wonder what animal she will create next. A seahawk, perhaps?