Richard Beyer
Ivar Feeding the Gulls
1988

LOCATION
Madison Street and Alaskan Way
In front of Ivar's Acres of Clams

FUNDING SOURCE
Gift to the city of Seattle


Located on the Seattle waterfront, near the iconic local restaurant Ivar's Acres of Clams, is a playful cast bronze and aluminum sculpture of the eatery's founder and Seattle personality, the late Ivar Haglund. Donated by a group of his friends whose names are engraved on the back of the captain's chair, the statue shows Ivar feeding french fries to sea gulls. One of the gulls looks curiously under the chair at a clam running away on little legs, a reference to the comical and regionally famous dancing clams featured in Ivar's commercials. The welcoming chair and broad backs of the oversized gulls invite people to interact with the sculpture, adding an amusing participative quality to this quirky piece that commemorates a quintessentially Northwest character.