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In the years after “Waiting for the Interurban”, Beyer was commissioned to create dozens of public sculptures for cities and towns in Washington State, Oregon, and beyond. When working with municipal commissions, the “city fathers” often had trouble keeping up with Beyer’s sometimes wild or whimsical ideas. But he was able to compromise and come up with a design that was satisfying to himself and a delight to the community. He imagined detailed stories for each sculpture that gave the designs a kind of inner life to which people immediately respond. They are approachable and kid-friendly, but filled with “adult intention.”

Rich Beyer, stated, “Art in Public Places and Public Art are not the same thing… The idea of Art in Public Places sacrifices creativity to technicality. Public Art, in expressing the creativity of the community, risks being technically (and artistically) erratic. That is the bureaucratic fear. The bureaucrat fears that creativity may be uncontrollable."