Historic PanAm Globe Installed At Miami Worldcenter Following Restoration, Weatherproofing

The Pan Am globe that was inside the Miami Science Museum for 55 years until it relocated in 2015 has found a new home at Miami Worldcenter.

The globe was recently unveiled at its new location in the retail promenade under the Paramount Miami Worldcenter tower.

The painted steel Pan Am globe was commissioned in the 1930s by Pan American Airways, and manufactured by Rand McNally.

It weighs 6,500 pounds, and has a circumference of 31 feet, 5 inches.

It was originally at PanAm’s Dinner Key seaplane terminal, which is now city hall.

The globe still shows borders and countries as they were in the 1930s, including now non-existent countries such as Czechoslovakia and the USSR.

Miami Worldcenter acquired the globe from Frost Science, and invested over $700,000 in the relocation, restoration, and weatherproofing of the globe. International artist Franz Ackermann oversaw the restoration.

 

 

(photos: World Red Eye)

 

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Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Nice, will be the site of alot of IG pics, once the retail and restaurant space is opened…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is it supposed to have a water feature? I see drains all around it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Damn, I really wish it had a nice water fountain surrounding it but it’s still beautiful.

Manolo
1 month ago

I hope nobody graffitis on it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s got a barricade around it ut I hope that’s temporary. Plus Worldcenter has lots of security guarding this thing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Iconic for sure.

iCoNiC
1 month ago

I C O N I C

Anonymous
1 month ago

i C o N i C

Anonymous
1 month ago

Totally awesome!

Anon
1 month ago

They are showing united British India. Also China before they illegally occupied Tibet and inner Mongolia. Is Xi going to have a fit?

Anonymous
1 month ago

ive seen it…beautiful…and perfect spot ….hoping retail opens very soon…

Anon
1 month ago

Love it!

Realtalk Reilly
1 month ago

Time for some realtalk. I can’t believe two things.

First, that they decided to install this historic antique globe OUTDOORS and totally exposed to the elements, with no shelter over it. They “weatherproofed” it? Are you kidding me??? There is no such thing as “weatherproof” in South Florida. I don’t care how many coats of shellac they put on the globe to keep it from fading, or how many coats of paint they put on the metal mount to keep it from rusting — the whole thing will look like crap inside of two years. In addition to taking a beating from the sun and rain, it will also probably get vandalized. What a horrible way to treat a treasured artifact from Miami’s history. Everyone remembers that globe from their field trips to the science museum as kids.

The second thing I can’t believe is that I’m the first person to point this out. That globe is doomed!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^was it outdoors back when it was at Dinner Key? I do remember seeing it at the Museum of Science on field trips as a kid–circa 1980. It will undoubtedly require tons of maintenance at this new site.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sensational. A beautiful work of art. It refers to people’s best dreams of traveling around the world.

Melo, a true giga chad
1 month ago

$700k

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is great. Thank you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now this is what you call “art in public places!”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still should move robobull here, too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

God no. That bull is awful.

Miamisol
1 month ago

Last night it was all covered up. Hopefully it hasn’t been vandalized already.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol

Anon
1 month ago

Amazing 👏

Morocco
1 month ago

Lol western sahara is not a country

Nene
1 month ago

Cool

Downtowner
1 month ago

This is awesome. I love it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why wasn’t this incorporated in the frost museum

IHateBrokerBabble
1 month ago

because the Frost won’t acknowledge sea level change

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh, it’s sea level “change” now?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good question…

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s nice here

Pat
1 month ago

Probably because it would have cost $700,000 to do so.
They put it on eBay, and World Center picked it up for a good price.

nono
1 month ago

hideous

Morocco
1 month ago

The disrespect for all the missing African countries smh

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess you didn’t read the article. It’s a world map from 1930’s, things were different back then.