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Beyer became acquainted with several architects early in his career and they commissioned him to provide sculptures for buildings they were working on. Before the creation of the Washington State Arts Commission, architects were free to hire any artist they chose when working on buildings. This created an artistic whole and creative freedom for both the artist and architect. In the mid 1990s, after the establishment of the Commission, this became a problem because bureaucrats, especially in Seattle, thought they knew better which artists should be given the opportunity to work on projects. Artistic merit was not necessarily the first consideration. But by then, Beyer’s reputation was established and several commercial ventures hired him independently. Many of Beyer’s designs involve people or animals that have personalities and are placed in what seems to be a stage setting where the viewer catches a glimpse of a fleeting moment.