Morgan's Brain

Jun. 15, 2009 at 1:30pm

KING5 Evening Magazine in Tacoma for Never Never Land Story

The word is out about Never Never Land. Tacoma Sun first did a story on the old figures about a year ago. King5 picked up on the story and are incorporating it into an upcoming "Mysteries of Pt Defiance" segment.

I met up with them on the site of the former Never Never Land this past weekend. It is so sad to see what is there now, knowing what was once there. The only remaining evidence is a stone lined path, Humpty's books (Humpty is in storage in an undisclosed location elsewhere in the park), and Mother Goose's boarded-up boot. They asked me a few questions and filmed me walking around.

Considering there isn't much there, there were still several families who showed up just to hang out and play on the BigToy boat that was installed as a last gasp of life by Metro Parks 10 years ago.

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by Erik on 6/15/2009 @ 3:30pm
Very Cool!

by TacomaGnome on 6/15/2009 @ 3:52pm
I had the privilege of being there for the last day.

It's somewhere on my blog:

Such a wonderful place.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/15/2009 @ 5:01pm
I know where Humpty is.

Give you a hint... ever notice those Metro Park Shops located in the SE corner behind Funland?

by Dave_L on 6/15/2009 @ 5:49pm
Nice, Morgan. After your piece in the Tacoma Sun, I was inspired to do a tiny bit of research on the artist, sculptor Elec Imredy, whp passed away in 1994. His public pieces include a girl in a wetsuit in Stanley Park. I was trying to determine if his wife, writer and researcher Peggy Imredy was still living in Vancouver, but I didn't go as far as to determine that for sure. I was thinking if she was still around, information on these probably-forgotten works would surely be a nice piece of history to provide to the family.

by Dave_L on 6/16/2009 @ 4:08pm
Interesting - Morgan check your email and/or give me a call.
(Erik has my ph. # )

by NineInchNachos on 6/16/2009 @ 4:14pm
wow nice work dave

by Dave_L on 6/17/2009 @ 1:13am
Cheryl Siegel, Librarian at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC kindly offered this additional information:

When I first looked at these works, I was ready to dismiss them as Imredy's work. He works primarily in wood or bronze and I'd never seen a painted sculpture by him. What an interesting find! In the book called "The Sculpture of Elek Imredy" there are illustrations of some of the "Nursery Rhyme Characters". Here is the text from an interview with Ilek Imredy :

"In 1965, I had two different commissions to make a series of nursery rhyme characters, Jack and Hill, Little Bo-Peep, Mary in her garden and so forth. Each set had about 40 life size figures all brightly painted. They were made for amusement parks in Washington State and on Vancouver Island. Both places are now closed and I don't know where the figures got to. These figures were primarily for young children, and they can be the most discerning of all critics! (a smile) But when I do a job, I try to do my best and that is what I did here also. I am a professional sculptor."

In the book the sculptures are illustrated with the notation --"Location Unknown". You seem to have solved a mystery!

I hope the importance of these works will continue to be understood and appreciated. Many thanks to the staff at the Vancouver Art Gallery for answering my inquiry.

And yes, according to Cheryl, Peggy Imredy still resides in Vancouver, BC.

by morgan on 6/21/2009 @ 10:52pm
That is some amazing sleuthing Dave! Thanks!

BTW: Evening Magazine's Never Never Land segment is scheduled to air July 1st.

by Dave_L on 6/21/2009 @ 11:38pm
Morgan, I'm curious about the current status of the items, if you're able to find out and tell me privately sometime, (IF the current owners are O.K. with that), I believe I gave you Peggy Imredy's contact info. It is exciting that the whereabouts were previously published (I believe by Peggy) as "unknown," and I thought it would be nice to relay to the family that they are no longer lost; - no more than that. Or, depending on what angle KING is using, perhaps they'd like to pick up the ball on that angle. More than anything, I hope the artists' name is credited with the pieces wherever they end up, either individually or collectively. I believe the artists deserves that, and the eventual owners should know that history. It wouldn't be the first time I've helped people find out about the fate of lost objects. Admittedly, I really dig (and perhaps obsess about) that sort of research.

by Ann on 7/1/2009 @ 9:25pm
I saw the Evening Magazine show tonight. Nice job on the interview Morgan!

by Dave_L on 7/2/2009 @ 12:19am
Thanks for the reminder, Ann. Nice piece on Pt. Defiance. (Wha.. No more John Curley?) Nice, spooky spot on the figures, Morgan, and nice plug for the Tacoma Sun!
(@ 1:38)

by Erik on 7/2/2009 @ 12:46am
Great interview on King 5 Morgan!!

by Nick on 7/2/2009 @ 9:10am
That was awesome! Way to represent Tacoma Morgan!

by morgan on 7/2/2009 @ 9:19am
Thanks! That was fun! We shot a bunch of footage so it was interesting to see how they did the final editing.

by ixia on 7/2/2009 @ 9:46am
Fun story Morgan, thanks!
So Metro Park staff recommends we drive the 5 mile loop through the park? And then rent a motor boat and later race around the go-cart track..... That is a good way to keep the kids off the arsenic.

by morgan on 11/28/2009 @ 9:26am
City Arts - - has a story on Never Never Land in it's December 2009 issue. But they don't have the story online. What's up with that?

by jenyum on 11/28/2009 @ 10:58am
What I have heard (secondhand so take it for what it's worth) is that they don't put full stories online because their advertisers are paying for glossy paper, or some such thing.

It never particularly made sense to me. But then, I'm not big on paper for paper's sake.

by dolly varden on 11/29/2009 @ 7:43am
The latest issue of CityArts stated somewhat sheepishly that a website with more (all?) material will be up soon.

by david on 11/30/2009 @ 11:33am
That's all pretty awesome! Thanks for the interview and thanks for the research!