We invite you to help us raise $20,000 to complete Ivan’s statue. The full-size bronze sculpture costs $250,000, most of which has been given by foundations. We think it is important for the community to share ownership in this groundbreaking project, so we invite you to be part of it! The sculpture is based on a photograph taken of Ivan examining a flower during his first day in an outdoor home. The sculpture is created by cutting-edge 3D printing technology, and each bronze piece will contain Ivan’s ashes.
This is Ivan
Learn from his legacy by helping to support the creation of a larger than life-size bronze sculpture of Ivan to be placed at the entrance to the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Ivan the Gorilla. The mere name stirs up feelings in the hearts of folks around the Puget Sound. The silverback gorilla, who lived in a cage in the B&I Department store for decades before moving to Zoo Atlanta, is now being cast in bronze for a new statue at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Give to the Beloved Ivan cause through The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, your community foundation, committed to helping build a stronger future for the Pierce County region. GTCF may redirect funds to fulfill donor intent.
Who was Ivan and how did he come to live such an unorthodox life? This is his story. Today Ivan’s legacy continues to inspire empathy for the lives of gorillas.
Inspired by the affection the Tacoma community felt for Ivan – the “Beloved Ivan” project will create, install, and fund a life-size bronze sculpture of Ivan at the entrance to Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.
Tell Us Your Ivan Story
Do you remember Ivan? Perhaps from childhood at the B&I? Maybe you saw him in the Atlanta zoo? Tell us your Ivan story. Click on the link above to bring you to the story portal.
Help us think beyond Ivan. Take a look at the world where Ivan was born. Help understand the plight of the great gorillas in their natural habitat. See how you can help. In the coming week(s) we will identify and publish several wildlife organizations who’s focus is lowland gorillas and their habitat, that are in alignment with the Beloved Ivan project.
About the Artist
Douglas Granum derives inspiration from his world travel and appreciation of the unusual – disparate places and experiences. Now he will put his extraordinary talent to a new sculpture of our Beloved Ivan.
We would visit Ivan at the B&I when I was a little boy. My wife was able to see Ivan at the Atlanta Zoo before he passed away.snorris1090
When I was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in the 1970s I took my two boys (then ages 8-10 yrs ) to see Ivan at the B&I....Air Force Ret. Colonel G Wohlfeil
This is testimonial three about Ivan and how I remember him.mdriess
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