Beloved ‘Ivan the Gorilla’ immortalized with giant statue

By May 4, 2016November 5th, 2017Beloved Ivan Press

Ivan Maquette Statue

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TACOMA, Wash. — A beloved gorilla who once occupied a Lakewood storefront is being immortalized with a statue at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Ivan, a western lowland gorilla, spent decades displayed as an attraction at the B&I store before being moved to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, then an Atlanta zoo in 1994.

On Tuesday, metal artisans at Two Ravens Studio Foundry worked on the bronze statue that’s set to be installed at the Tacoma zoo this summer.