Twisp, Washington: Beeest: Yellow Jacket On A Pole

Erected in 2016, pieced together from old cars pulled out of a local river. Its official name is "Beeest."

Twisp Commons Park

135 Johnson St., Twisp, WA
Twisp Commons Park. Downtown, on the west side of WA-20, between W. 2nd and W. 3rd Aves.
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Beeest Yellow Jacket Sculpture

Erected in 2016, "Beeest" is an eight-foot-long yellow jacket on a 15-foot-high pole in Twisp Commons Park. The sculpture was pieced together from old cars pulled out of a local river during an effort to improve salmon habitat. Local artist Barry Stromberger created the giant metal insect. Yellow jackets are significant to the Town of Twisp: the town's name is supposedly a Native American word for wasp, or it may be a sound made by the yellow jacket, or it may come from t-wasp. No one really knows.

The former Twisp High School, which now houses the Methow Valley Community Center adjacent to the park, used the yellow jacket as its mascot. And, lord knows, there are plenty of yellow jackets that live in Twisp during the summer.

[Michelle, 10/17/2018]

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