Waiting for the Interurban


Seattle’s most popular piece of public art, Waiting for the Interurban, is cast in recycled aluminum and depicts six people waiting for a train that never comes. Occasionally locals will lovingly decorate the people in outfits corresponding to a special event, the weather, someone’s birthday, a Mariners win – whatever. Check out the human face on the dog; it's Armen Stepanian, once Fremont's honorary mayor, who made the mistake of objecting to the sculpture.

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1. Late for the Interurban

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This life-sized statue, dedicated in 2008, honors the characters JP Patches and Gertrude, who appeared daily on the children’s JP Patches Show on Seattle…

2. Fremont Public Sculptures

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You don't need to pay museum entrance fees to see some of the best and most iconic art in the city. Fremont is an art gallery in and of itself, with…

3. Guidepost


Feeling a little turned around? Consult this guidepost for directions from the 'center of the known universe' to lesser spots on the globe.

4. Fremont Bridge

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Built in 1916 and since dwarfed by the far taller George Washington Memorial Bridge (colloquially known as the Aurora Bridge), the distinctive orange-and…

5. Fremont Rocket

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Don't forget to look toward the stars as you pass Evanston Ave and N 35th St.

6. Fremont Troll

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The Fremont Troll is an outlandish sculpture that lurks beneath the north end of the Aurora Bridge at N 36th St. The troll's creators – artists Steve…

7. Statue of Lenin

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The controversial 20th century Soviet leader has new life as one of Fremont's many beloved public art pieces.

8. Apatosaurs

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Along the banks of the ship canal and abutting the Burke-Gilman Trail at the bottom of Phinney Ave N, you’ll see two life-size ‘apatosaurs' fashioned out…