Garbage Eating Goat
by Artist: Sister Paula Turnbull
As A Sculpture
As Found Art
Spokane, Washington

Surrounded by a grotto of basalt columns is one of the most perennially popular remnants of Riverfront Park's past - the "Garbage Goat." Sculpted by Sister Paula Turnbull, a local nun and leading figure in Inland Northwest arts, this statue seems like an unlikely source of controversy. Yet, it became part of one of the oddest and longest-lasting debates during Expo 1974. Highlighting the hidden tensions of the fair's themes and exposing the attitudes of Spokanites and fair visitors alike, this steel goat became a cipher for understanding the world's fair. [from Spokane Historical Society website]
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Surrounded By Boulders
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(Date Photographed: 11:28:04 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 1 December 2017)
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The goat statue was surrounded by a fence of vertical basalt boulders. The goat was interactive. One person pushed a button while the other held small pieces of trash for the goat to vacuum.


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The Sign
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Garbage Eating Goat 1974 external link
by Artist: Sister Paula Turnbull external link
As A Sculpture external link
As Found Art external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:28:09 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 1 December 2017)
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A sign was posted on one of the basalt boulders. It read,

Paula Turnbull
Sculptor
Given to the people of Spokane by the Women's Council of Realtors.
1974


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Front Of Goat
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Garbage Eating Goat 1974 external link
by Artist: Sister Paula Turnbull external link
As A Sculpture external link
As Found Art external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:28:14 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 1 December 2017)
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The front of the goat showing how it was welded together using strips of metal.


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Fed Trash
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Garbage Eating Goat 1974 external link
by Artist: Sister Paula Turnbull external link
As A Sculpture external link
As Found Art external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:29:11 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Friday 1 December 2017)
© 2017 Terry Costales
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The goat's head with one end of a vacuum hose inside its mouth. Here, young Westley held out a piece of trash paper for the goat to suck up.


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