Exhausted Paul Bunyan
University Park, Illinois
The official name is "Paul 2006," a colorful, lifelike, 25-foot-tall statue of a weary, sag-shouldered Bunyan, his axe apparently too heavy for him to lift from the ground. It stands alone in a grassy field (all trees safely out of range) and was created by artist Tony Tasset, who later built a giant eyeball in St. Louis. Tassert claimed that exhausted Paul was a "portrait of this American moment," and that one of his artistic inspirations was "fading roadside attractions." Maybe poor Paul is just tired: chopping down forests is hard work.