Found in West Seattle: ‘Bizarre sculpture’ turns up on streetcorner

The photo is from Highland Park’s Dina Johnson, who explains:

Yesterday a bizarre sculpture appeared on the Henderson street sidewalk near the corner of 13th Ave [map] in Highland Park.

We thought the thing might have fallen off a passing car, or stolen from someone’s yard. Or maybe it was part of an art installation in a rather unconventional gallery? Maybe someone is looking for it.

It’s the size and shape of a sitting child. It’s heavy; it appears to be made of plaster covered with fabric and wire mesh and glue. The face is a strange painted mask. A tuft of onion grass is attached to the head. It’s slightly damaged – one foot is missing, the other has broken off next to it.

We left it there all day and night, but no one came to retrieve it. We will put it out for garbage pickup if you post the pic and no one claims it. I have respect for art, but really, it’s kind of creepy.

Clues, anyone?

44 Replies to "Found in West Seattle: 'Bizarre sculpture' turns up on streetcorner"

  • AJP December 16, 2012 (3:15 pm)

    Dina, I saw that by your house and thought it was the weirdest thing!

  • lyndab December 16, 2012 (3:32 pm)

    At least it wasn’t walking around ikea

  • WSMama3 December 16, 2012 (3:34 pm)

    This is so beyond creepy.

  • Leanne December 16, 2012 (4:01 pm)

    I stubbled by this early yesterday morning walking my dogs and almost shrieked. Somehow, looking at it closer to see what it actually didn’t make me feel any better.

  • Talaki34 December 16, 2012 (4:13 pm)

    I wonder if it was originally supposed to support plants, like the Disney Topiaries.

  • chris December 16, 2012 (4:30 pm)

    Kind of creepy?! Super creepy!

  • nemobeansmom December 16, 2012 (4:44 pm)


  • humblepie December 16, 2012 (4:48 pm)

    curious..what does it look like with the wrapping off?

  • Flipjack December 16, 2012 (4:49 pm)

    I’ll take it!

  • SJoy December 16, 2012 (5:34 pm)

    My 22 yr old is scared of dolls…. his dad let him watch Chuckie when he was little… I would love to take that and put it in the back seat of his car one night when he stops in LOL…..

    I’m all for art – but dang – creepy isn’t even the word for that thing.

  • Evergreen December 16, 2012 (5:53 pm)


  • cathy woo December 16, 2012 (6:07 pm)

    I’m thinking maybe it shouldn’t go in the garbage so fast. It’s engaging. Maybe let it hang around a while and see what happens. I sort of like it, actually.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van man December 16, 2012 (6:19 pm)

    Nightmare fodder.

  • blueovalobject December 16, 2012 (6:23 pm)

    oh, don’t trash it. it’s like a lost christmas elf. maybe put it in the Menashe’s yard amongst all the christmas lights.

  • carol o. December 16, 2012 (6:46 pm)

    Seasons Greetings!

  • Uhoh December 16, 2012 (6:49 pm)

    Turn it into the police do not trash it. It almost looks as though it was ready to ship in some packing material. Stolen from someones mail maybe??

  • Swiss miss December 16, 2012 (6:59 pm)

    Lol@ blueovalobject. I have to admit its kinda growing on me… I bet if I had that little guy on my porch with a sign I wouldn’t have any Xmas presents stolen like last year… Something like ‘he see’s you when your sleeping’ ………..

  • cranky Westie December 16, 2012 (7:00 pm)

    The invasion has begun. Watch the skies.

  • jwws December 16, 2012 (7:10 pm)

    A Chuckie Christmas!!LOL

  • Rves December 16, 2012 (7:48 pm)


  • Cait December 16, 2012 (8:09 pm)

    The possibility to prank people with this thing is too good. If it goes unclaimed I say we create a Secret Society around this thing and let it just pop up places. WHO’S IN?!

  • The Velvet Bulldog December 16, 2012 (8:29 pm)

    Cait FTW.

  • Blairj December 16, 2012 (8:35 pm)

    If you come by looking for it you won’t see it. We had to get it out of the rain because it was disintegrating. But if someone REALLY wants it we will reveal its secret hiding place to that person only.

  • Wenizzle December 16, 2012 (8:52 pm)

    Interestingly, I was just told that one of their neighbors (4-5 houses down from them) had cowboy boot planters left on their property this week as well. Hmmmm…..

  • Alki Resident December 16, 2012 (8:53 pm)

    I agree with Cait, we should let it be West Seattles private joke. I envisioned a lit cigarette in its fingers, sitting up against a common walking area. It’s definitely creepy.

  • Bsmomma December 16, 2012 (9:28 pm)

    I think it would be fun to pass it around secretly!! And track it! It could be West Seattles version of Flat Shirley!

    • WSB December 16, 2012 (9:29 pm)

      Bsmomma – I almost said that earlier, only the version I know is “Flat Stanley”!

  • I. Ponder December 16, 2012 (9:43 pm)

    That’s not garbage. That’s my son.

  • Here December 16, 2012 (10:03 pm)

    I kind of like it. Creepy as it is.

  • David December 16, 2012 (10:12 pm)

    It looks like something from Doctor Who

  • jesus December 16, 2012 (11:01 pm)


  • Ajax December 16, 2012 (11:31 pm)

    A giant version of this should replace “Walking on Logs”.

  • Val Vashon December 17, 2012 (2:02 am)

    It was disintegrating and you took it OUT of the rain?

  • Cls December 17, 2012 (5:11 am)


  • Neighbor December 17, 2012 (8:00 am)

    On a beautiful night last summer while having a picnic at Lowman Beach my husband and I came upon a frog that needed a home. We decided he had found the right folks since our frog had passed away earlier in the spring. We had waited three years for our little friend to transform from a polywog only to find him floating one morning upside down. It iseemed to be the universe’s way of healing our hearts. We have named him Maurice, he seems quite happy.

  • Cait December 17, 2012 (8:32 am)

    YES! Let’s do this thing. I’m at playgroundlegend45 at hotmail. Anyone interested, email me.

  • admiral73 December 17, 2012 (10:30 am)

    That is way cool!!

  • cakeitseasy December 17, 2012 (1:03 pm)

    Phone home! Phone home!

  • cranky Westie December 17, 2012 (4:47 pm)

    Mayan apocalypse. Strange bubble wrapped boy. The traffic light out at 35th and Avalon. The sudden disappearance of the West Seattle Coyotes. Mike McGinn trimmed his beard. The puzzle pieces are falling together. Wake up. Buy canned food.

    • WSB December 17, 2012 (4:57 pm)

      Hey Cranky – the coyotes haven’t disappeared. I just haven’t had a chance to post the latest roundup of sightings :)

  • WTF December 17, 2012 (5:10 pm)


  • cranky Westie December 18, 2012 (2:05 pm)

    Oh. The coyotes are still here? Okay then, the Mayan Apocalypse is off. I’m going to Trader Joes’s for some two-buck Chuck and holiday wasabi tapenade cornflakes. Merry Hannu-Kwanza.

  • BlairJ December 19, 2012 (6:44 pm)

    I am happy to report that the Bizarre/Creepy Sculpture is taking the train to Oregon to visit its friend, Phil Land.

  • Alki Resident December 22, 2012 (10:19 pm)

    Someone sent it to a landfill? Why?

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