Pete Helzer, Sculptor
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Pete Helzer produced sculpture for the redesign of Broadway Street in downtown Eugene, the Riverfront Park Project in downtown Corvallis, the City Center Revitalization Plan (Vogel Plaza – which received the Governor's Oregon Livability Award) in Medford, McKay Park in Bend, Wilson Park at the State Capitol Grounds in Salem, the Tualatin Commons, and the Oregon Zoo’s Alpine Exhibit.  He was a finalist for the Eugene Excellence Award sponsored by the City Club of Eugene, in 2005, for a bronze sculpture of Ken Kesey on the Broadway Plaza.  In 2006 he completed several sculptures for Riverplay Discovery Village Playground in Eugene, Oregon. His involvement in this project began with a design charrette in 2004.  In 2006, the park won the People’s Choice Award through the American Institute of Architects (Southwest Oregon Chapter), and the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association (ORAP) Design Award. In 2007 River Play received the American Public Works Association's Project of the Year (US Newsweek, June 18, 2007). Pete has worked with a number of architects and landscape architects through the years including the Portland firm, Fletcher, Farr, and Ayotte (Jackson County Library), the Eugene firm, Sherwood Robinson (Amazon Swim Park), and the Seattle firm, Cardwell/Thomas Associates (Corvallis/ Benton County Library). Landscape Architects he has worked with include, Walker /Macy Portland, Schirmer Schlesinger associates Eugene, MIG of Berkley CA, John Simpson of Bend, and city of Eugene Landscape Architects Emily Proudfoot and Robin Hostick.


Click on the links to see photographs of many of these pieces.

Marshall Park, Vancouver, WA 2023 

Southworth Memorial Park, Pioneer Louis Southworth, Waldport, OR 2022

Oregon Public Broadcasting: Oregon Art Beat 2023      

Bainbridge Island Park, Bronze, Washington 2016

Marist Catholic High School, Bronze Grouping, Eugene, OR 2014

Harper’s Playground - Arbor Lodge Park, Bronze Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Portland, OR, 2012

Don Julio Barreda with Alpaca, Casa Chapi in Chivay, Peru 2012

Rosa Parks, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR 2009

Tualatin City Park, Bronze Animals and Geologic Features, Tualatin, OR 2007

Riverplay Discovery Village, Bronze Geologic Features, Eugene, OR 2006

Dr. Kagele Memorial Sculpture, Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, OR 2006

Central Avenue & 9th Street, Medford, OR,  Bench Band  2005

Jackson County Public Library, Medford, OR, Bronze Gates  2004

Jackson County Public Library, Medford, OR, Monster Bench 2004

Broadway Plaza, Eugene, OR,  The Storyteller: Ken Kesey Memorial, bronze, 2003

Vogel Plaza, Medford, OR,  Chess Player,  Bronze, 2002

Amazon Swimming Pool, Eugene, OR  Turtle Fountain, 2001

WISTEC Children's Science Museum, Eugene, OR,  Heron Mosaic, 2001

Riverfront Park, Corvallis, OR, Bronze Otters, 2001

Commons, Jacob's Lane Housing Development, Eugene, OR, Bronze , 1999

Commons, Tualatin, OR Girl with Ice-Cream Cone, Life-size Bronze, 1999

McKay Riverfront Park, Bend, OR, Canada Geese, Bronze 1999

Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR, Bronze Owls 1999

Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR Six Bronze Animals, Alpine Exhibit 1998

Univ. of Oregon, Spencer View Student Housing Complex, Eugene, OR 1997

Three Graces as Moles in Family Pavilion, Bronze 1997  

Animal Greetings, reception area in Family Center Building, 1997  

22-Foot Bronze Wall Piece, in Family Center Building, Bronze,1997

Lane County Housing Authority - Medical Clinic, Eugene, OR, Bronze 1997

Arbor Lodge Park, Portland, OR, Alligator and Otter, 1996

Lane County Willikenzie Housing Project, Eugene, OR, Bronze, 1996

Walnut Park, Lane County, OR Turtles, Bronze, 1995

Central Park, Corvallis, OR  Cleaver Disguise, Bronze, 1993

Children's Library, Corvallis, OR  Bronze Critters, Bronze, 1993

Corvallis Public Library, Corvallis, OR  Turtles, Bronze,1993

Eugene Public Library, Eugene, OR  Cat and the Fiddle, Bronze,1992

State Capitol Grounds, Salem, OR  Parade of Animals, Bronze, 1991

Buford Park, Eugene, OR  Mt. Pisgah Sighting Pedestal, Bronze, 1990

Eugene Downtown Mall, Eugene, OR Bronze Animals, 1989

Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR  Balancing Turtles, Bronze, 1989

Emerald People's Utility District, Eugene, OR  Stone Figure, 1988

Dancers, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR , Bronze, 1988



Helzer © 2007