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
5 months ago

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

Anonymous
5 months ago

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

Anonymous
5 months ago

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

Manolo
5 months ago

I hope nobody graffitis on it.

Anonymous
5 months ago

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

Anonymous
5 months ago

Iconic for sure.

iCoNiC
5 months ago

I C O N I C

Anonymous
5 months ago

i C o N i C

Anonymous
5 months ago

Totally awesome!

Anon
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

Anon
5 months ago

Love it!

Realtalk Reilly
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

Melo, a true giga chad
5 months ago

$700k

Anonymous
5 months ago

This is great. Thank you.

Anonymous
5 months ago

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

Anonymous
5 months ago

Still should move robobull here, too.

Anonymous
5 months ago

God no. That bull is awful.

Miamisol
5 months ago

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

Anonymous
5 months ago

Lol

Anon
5 months ago

Amazing 👏

Morocco
5 months ago

Lol western sahara is not a country

Nene
5 months ago

Cool

Downtowner
5 months ago

This is awesome. I love it!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why wasn’t this incorporated in the frost museum

IHateBrokerBabble
5 months ago

because the Frost won’t acknowledge sea level change

Anonymous
5 months ago

Oh, it’s sea level “change” now?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Good question…

Anonymous
5 months ago

It’s nice here

Pat
5 months 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
5 months ago

hideous

Morocco
5 months ago

The disrespect for all the missing African countries smh

Anonymous
5 months ago

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