Vashon, Washington: Chainsaw Schizophrenic Statue

"Cool Gary" Lynn, a local eccentric, jumped in front of a car and died here; artist Gene Amondson carved this statue as a tribute, including Gary's pet chainsaw.

Address:
Vashon Hwy, Vashon, WA
Directions:
South of town, on the east side of Vashon Hwy, about a hundred yards north of its intersection with SW 188th St.
Admission:
Free
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Cool Gary.

Cool Gary Wooden Sculpture

"Cool Gary" Lynn was a well-loved schizophrenic who would hitchhike around Vashon Island, often carrying a chainsaw. In 1998 he jumped in front of a car and was killed. Local artist (and perennial presidential candidate) Gene Amondson, a friend of Gary, carved this statue as a tribute, and it stands today just off the road where Gary was killed.

Shortly after Gary died, a Seattle newspaper reported that his brain had been harvested and sold by the county pathologist.

[casaflamingo, 11/11/2014]

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