Celebrating the Stony Walkers of Coulon

I love to walk at Coulon Park and no matter the season, I’m always joined by the stony walkers.

Here they are on a sunny day, without a stitch on,

but here they dressed for Valentine’s Day.

Here they are on Memorial Day,

and on Labor Day, honoring our essential workers.

They celebrated Halloween by trick or treating,

and despite the winter snowstorm, they still dressed up for Christmas.

I’d always wondered if they had some help.

Turns out they do.

Time to give credit where credit is due.

The ones I call the Stony Walkers are actually the Interface Statue, a bronze sculpture created by Phillip Levine. Acquired by the City of Renton in 1982, the figures are dressed up on special occasions, by a group of volunteers. You can read more about that by clicking here.

I for one, appreciate their efforts! πŸ™‚

And by the way – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

~ Susanne

29 Comments on “Celebrating the Stony Walkers of Coulon

  1. Very cool. Whoever dresses them has a fun job.

  2. Around here we don’t have anything as cool – just the stone geese that people dress up on their porches!

    • Stone geese dressed up sound fun, too! I love how folks here took it upon themselves to dress the stony walkers, and we all get to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

  3. Love these! There were similar “walking” sculptures at the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park..they were all weathered bronze and about fifteen feet tall, and you could walk through them like a metal forest!

    • Thanks John. Chicago has some cool public art! I love how some folks here took it upon themselves to dress up the walkers statue! I always look forward to seeing what they’re wearing on the holidays!

  4. Wondering what they will be wearing is something good to anticipate. I am presuming that the artist is happy for them to be dressed-up?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • From what I read the sculpture was not originally a hit with the locals. Not uncommon I suspect. But everyone enjoys seeing them dressed up a few days a year, which brings attention and a bit of notoriety to them. I think an artist would like that.

  5. Love this, such fun that they dress them up for the seasons! Put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing! πŸ’•C

  6. This is wonderful! It must be fun each time you go to see what they are wearing πŸ™‚ And kudos to the volunteers who give their time to dress them!

    • They’re usually stone cold naked so it’s fun to find them dressed up for the holidays a few weeks a year! πŸ˜„

      • Oh right – I got the impression they were dressed most of the time! But that makes it even more special πŸ™‚

    • They’re only dressed a few times a year and everyone enjoys them. It’s a nice park and I have never heard or seen any problems there.

      • Oh that’s good. As I was writing my comment I thought, you can tell I’m from Fresno!🀣🀣

  7. I much prefer your name for the statue! It is so cool, though, I think every city should have one!!

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