Jim West, The Walk, 2018, Medium, Dimensions, (m/cm), Collection of Frank West, Pittsburgh, PA
On March 13, 2011, The Walk was posthumously dedicated on what would have been the 79th birthday of architect, city planner and real-estate developer, Franklin West. The sculpture shows a figure that is both firmly grounded yet striding forward. With one arm swinging freely and one leg advancing, the sculpture is symbolic of the present, past, and future.
Franklin West’s signature trait was that while he was always cognizant of the impact of his work in the present moment, he remained sensitive to the legacy that his work would have on future generations, as well as honored the past by respecting tradition and keeping those customs alive. “There is always a balance, not just in community and architecture but in our lives,” said Franklin. The Walk captures not only his intentions, but also the essence of the man himself.
ARTICLES: SHADY AVE – Jim West: Finding a Balance, Fall 2011
PROCLAMATIONS: Pittsburgh City Council Proclamation