[4-10-2011] - J.P. Patches
Your friendly neighborhood clown statue.
J.P. Patches was a locally produced children's television program which appeared on Seattle's KIRO channel 7 between 1958 to 1981. Created by Chris Wedes, the show was a live unrehearsed improv show. Personally I have never seen the show, having been born a year after it went off air, but J.P. Patches is still very much a household name in these parts. You can even buy J.P. Patches action figures in toy stores and novelty shops around seattle.
The statue of J.P, Patches and his sidekick Gertrude was installed in Fremont to celebrate the shows 50th anniversary in 2008. Designed by Kevin Pettelle and titled 'Late for the Interurban' the sculpture features a small television set which you can look through to view the two dancing around as if they where still live on television.