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Iconic sculpture at Miami – Passenger Terminal Today


Travelers using Miami International Airport’s Concourse D can now view the iconic, hyper-realist sculpture Football Player, created in 1981 by the late internationally renowned American artist Duane Hanson.

On display until February 2020, Football Player is located between gates D47 and D48.

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In the 1960s Hanson created his own familiar technique of casting in polyester resins reinforced with fiberglass. Casting from live models, Hanson would use partial body molds that he would assemble and perfect until the figure matched his conception. For Football Player, the model was long-standing sculptor and former professional athlete Robert Thiele, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Miami, Florida.

“We are honored to host this unique and historic piece of artwork, which also has numerous connections to South Florida. It is especially rewarding to showcase Football Player until February 2020, when Miami-Dade County will host Super Bowl LIV,” said Lester Sola, Miami International Airport director and CEO.

Football Player is on loan from the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.

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