Daphne, Alabama: Iron Bowl Monument - Junk AthletesA 12-foot-tall quarterback passes a football as he's tackled by another giant. They're made of drainage pipe and steel, with propane tank helmets. Other athletes, including a sprinter and a basketball player, are depicted in scrap metal at the U.S. Sports Academy.
U.S. Sports Academy
- 1 Academy Dr., Daphne, AL
- Next to a parking lot at the U.S. Sports Academy. I-10 exits 35 or 35A. Drive south on US 98/Old Spanish Trail for one mile, then turn left at the green U.S. Sports Academy sign onto Academy Drive. Turn right into the parking lot, then bear left; the statues will be at the edge of the lot, under the trees.
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Very cool artwork .... The artist not only made incredible statues but also captured movement and excitement in each piece.[William, 07/11/2012]
Bruce Larsen has unveiled his latest junk-art creation, "Mr. Baseball," at the Sports Sculpture Park of the United States Sports Academy. The seven-foot-tall, 500 pound slugger is made from Larsen's familiar material -- hubcaps, tractor gears, hydraulic cylinders, old heating pipes -- and joins several other junk sculptures that he's built for the park, such as a sprinter, weightlifter, gymnast, and basketball player.
It was originally hoped that Larsen's first sculpture in the the park, the football-themed Iron Bowl Monument, would be accompanied by a full team of gridiron players, but Larsen is evidently tackling different subjects.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/22/2012]
A gymnast on a beam -- another athlete sculpture at the U.S. Sports Academy.[Nic, 10/25/2011]
Only two football players. There were two other statues: one gymnastics and one track.[Dylan Hursley, 03/27/2010]
The other athletes are well executed, but we're hoping the full gridiron of 22 junk football players is still coming. Athletic diffusion may not be cause for alarm. Yet.