Des Moines, Washington: Big Catch - Fish with Woman's Breasts

Mutant horror in a whimsical (or naughty) bronze sculpture of a man and a fish next to the local grocery store.
21815 Marine View Dr., Des Moines, WA
I-5 exit 149A. Drive west on 516 to 509, then north. On the west side of Hwy 509/Marine View Drive, just south of S. 218th St. Park in the QFC supermarket lot.
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Big Catch. Big Catch Plaza

This statue was much stranger than I expected... well worth the time to get a closer look. The plaque in front of the statue gives the following information about "The Big Catch," by artist Richard Beye:

"Legend of the 'Big Catch: Long ago, a beautiful young maiden fell in love with a handsome fisherman. To her dismay, the Wicked Witch of Puget Sound fell in love with him too. The Wicked Witch cast a spell and turned the maiden into a fish. For years, the sad fisherman searched all the waters of the Sound looking for his maiden, to no avail. One day, while fishing at the Des Moines fishing pier, he saw a big fish in his net. He knew it was his love. He pulled her up, kissed her, and she was transformed back into his beautiful maiden. They were married and lived happily ever after."

[Christopher Wright, 07/10/2010]
Fish with Human Breasts Statue

South of Seattle in downtown Des Moines, WA, west of I-5 and just off the Puget Sound, is a small shopping center. In front of the QFC supermarket is a bronze statue about 5 feet tall of an elderly fisherman in joyful embrace of a fish that is nearly his size. The interesting thing is that the fish has human female breasts. The liveliness of the pose of the figures is what makes the statue so charming and appealing. It created some controversy but overall the statue is inoffensive.

[Stephen T. Scanlon, 09/04/1997]

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