West Seattle weekend scene: Chamber of Commerce volunteers clean up ‘Walking on Logs’ and beyond

(First two photos courtesy West Seattle Chamber of Commerce)
Many hands make light work, it’s said. And so it went this morning along the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge, as a dozen-plus WS Chamber of Commerce volunteers cleaned up the slope from “Walking on Logs” to the sign with which they’re posing above.

According to Chamber board chair Nancy Woodland (of WestSide Baby), they only needed two hours to get everything picked up and bagged up. This was our photo from about midway through.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
While “Walking on Logs” is on city right-of-way land, the sculpture was installed as part of the West Seattle Murals project two decades ago with the agreement that it and the area around it would be community-maintained. Murals project leader Earl Cruzen did it almost singlehandedly for years, until he was on the brink of 90; four years ago, the Walking on Logs Landscape Restoration Group formed to help, but it’s a big task and they need help too (they were out at the site a month ago).

8 Replies to "West Seattle weekend scene: Chamber of Commerce volunteers clean up 'Walking on Logs' and beyond"

  • JayDee November 1, 2014 (12:35 pm)

    Any leads on the stolen statue? Regretfully it is probably recycled by now…

    • WSB November 1, 2014 (12:37 pm)

      No. I almost added a photo of two volunteers near the foot that remains … Maybe it’s in somebody’s garage somewhere and will come to light someday … TR

  • Kathleen November 1, 2014 (12:51 pm)

    I hope you are right and the lost statue shows up. Maybe it is gracing someones garden.

  • Nancy Woodland November 1, 2014 (1:35 pm)

    It was a lot of fun to work together this morning. The city will come and pick up the yard waste bags sometime within a week. (Per Jim and Nancy D – the amazing volunteers who oversee this effort all year long!) I regret we couldn’t clear them all. If anyone wants to swing by and grab them to dispose of them in the meantime, you will need a strong back and a good truck!

  • morgan November 1, 2014 (3:17 pm)

    Is it possible to commission a replacement “log walker” from the original artist? Seems like the community would get behind a crowd funded campaign to replace.

  • West Seattle Hipster November 1, 2014 (5:30 pm)

    Thank you to all of the volunteers!

  • Eilene November 2, 2014 (1:25 am)

    Another “thank you” for all your hard work beautifying the gateway to West Seattle.

  • Nancy Woodland November 3, 2014 (1:30 pm)

    @ Morgan – I agree and it was hard to see it missing from it’s place. There is not currently an effort in the works to replace the stolen statue but it’s a great idea! I think its just a matter of “bandwith” for the groups involved to launch another initiative. Any chance you’d lead the charge? I think the artist’s name is available.

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