After years of discussion, the 25-foot-tall wood and steel sculpture, Walking Man, by artist Paul Pappas in Monroe Park will be removed in late October after a five-year deaccession process. The Paul Pappas sculpture was installed in 1989 through a grant facilitated by Lane Regional Arts Council now known as Lane Arts Council. The artwork’s presence in Monroe Park has engaged dialogue about aesthetics and public art for decades, with some community members loving it and others wanting it removed. The sculpture has been protested, played on by kids, slept under and appreciated by many. There is no doubt the sculpture will be missed. The artwork suffers from severe wood decay, footing problems, damage to the kinetic section and graffiti. Over these last five years, since the initial evaluation of the artwork, the sculpture’s condition has only worsened. A three-dimensional scan and rendering of the work has been created to ensure that the sculpture can still be viewed and discussed even after its removal.
Request for Proposal
Currently, the City has a request for proposals to seek a new home for the artwork that is due at 2:30 p.m., October 12. An informational meeting will occur on September 29 at 3 p.m. at Monroe Park to answer questions about the request for proposals.