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Playgrounds & Zoos

In the early years of his artistic career Beyer developed a warm relationship with the architect, Fred Bassetti, who had been commissioned to design number of playgrounds in and around Seattle. Instead of jungle gyms and swings, Bassetti encouraged Beyer to create sculptures for children to play on. Between 1968-1983, huge lovable animals appeared in numerous playgrounds in Seattle, as well as parks in Burien and Renton, Washington, and in a zoo in Portland, Oregon. Children still play on most of these wonderful creatures today.