After years of discussion, the 25-foot-tall wood and steel sculpture, Balance, by artist Paul Pappas in Monroe Park was removed in late fall 2021 after a five-year deaccession process.
After years of discussion, the 25-foot-tall wood and steel sculpture, Balance, by artist Paul Pappas in Monroe Park will be removed in late fall after a five-year deaccession process.
Wood and Steel Structure
Artist: Paul Pappas
Funding: Lane Regional Arts Council Grant (now Lane Arts Council)
Dates Active: Summer 1989 - Late Fall 2021
About/Background: The 25-foot tall wood and steel sculpture Balance, lovingly known as the Walking Man Sculpture, was created by artist Paul Pappas and installed in the summer of 1989. This public artwork was made possible by a grant from 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. After 22 years, with the artwork needing extensive repair, the artwork is being deaccessioned and will be removed in the fall of 2021.
Future of this Sculpture: After applying to an open call for an acquisition request for proposals for the artwork, a local artist was awarded the Paul Pappas Sculpture and plans to restore it and install it on their property outside of Eugene.