Garbage-Eating Goat Statue – Spokane, Washington - Atlas Obscura

Garbage-Eating Goat Statue

This inanimate goat has been helping to clean up the city of Spokane for almost 40 years. 


Most cities simply tell their populace not to litter, but the city of Spokane tried to make it fun by installing the Garbage-Eating Goat Statue in one of their parks. 

A favorite Spokane landmark since its placement in 1974 as part of the public art created by the World’s Fair that year, the goat statue is uniquely interactive. The metal goat sculpture has a vacuum inside that allows the goat to “eat” small pieces of garbage as part of a creative solution to eliminating litter. The statue will inhale just about any piece of refuse that will fit into its mouth. However, the whimsy of the statue was lost on some critics such as the group of dairy farmers who took offense to the implication that a dairy goat would eat trash. However despite its strange bit of controversy the garbage-eating goat of Riverfront Park continues to slowly clean up the city, one piece of trash at a time, just as it’s done for the past 40 years. 

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The goat sits pristinely within a manmade rock formation about 50 feet east of the carousel.

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