Exhausted Paul Bunyan.

Exhausted Paul Bunyan

Field review by the editors.

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. Tasset 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.

Exhausted Paul Bunyan

1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL
On the campus of Governors State University. I-57 exit 335. Drive east on Monee Manhattan Rd until it ends. Turn left onto Hwy 50/Governors Hwy. Drive north two miles. Turn right at the blinking light onto Stuenkel Rd, then turn right on University Pkwy and onto campus. You'll soon see Bunyan on the left; drive a little further, park in the lots on the left, then follow the paths to the sculpture.
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