Stan was donated to the City by an Island couple to commemorate their engagement. Stan represents their very personal story. The couple’s dog was the reason for their walks in Luther Burbank Park. One lovely summer evening, after enjoying the off leash area of the park, the couple and their dog made their way to a bench to enjoy the beautiful sunset by the water’s edge. It was here that the marriage proposal happened. While Stan’s installation and presence in the park memorializes this couple’s very special love story, it could also represent the beginning of many young couple’s families. Often new families begin with a couple and their dog – their “first baby.” Stan can be seen as a symbol of the spirit of family, which our Island treasures, and the sense of community that dogs and dog parks promote. Stan stands watch over our Island families and their canine family members, and if you lean into him close enough, you may even hear a little yelp of the exclamation, “Yes!”
Gerber, born in 1955, grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University, and moved to Washington to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. She currently resides on Whidbey Island.
Gerber creates sculpture that invites audience interaction. As she describes, “This is often meant to be a direct physical interaction, but always I strive to engage the viewer's imagination. I tend to present an incomplete visual narrative; a story is suggested, a feeling evoked, and the viewers find themselves providing details."
Gerber has created many sculpture pieces that are part of permanent public and corporate installations in the Seattle area and around the country, including the very famous Pike Place pig, Rachel.
Luther Burbank Park, next to the Off Leash Dog Area.
Other Georgia Gerber works located on Mercer Island include:
Garden Snail - 2002, located at the Mercer Island High School
Between Two Worlds – 1991, located at the Mercer Island Library