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Thrive sculpture.

Walk-Thru Chest of Giant Woman

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

South African artist Daniel Popper made the leap from music-festival-art-installation-guy to permanent sculptor with this creation, officially named "Thrive." Standing 27 feet high and weighing 14 tons, it's the giant head and upper torso of a cracked, rock-like woman opening her chest to reveal a fern-and greenery-lined tunnel that people can walk through.

Popper built Thrive using 3D modeling and giant CNC machines; its cement parts were cast into molds, then assembled on-site with steel rebar in November 2020. Despite its earthy vibe, and the fact that Popper describes Thrive as representing "the heart of nature," it's wedged under the concrete portico of a skyscraper.

Walk-Thru Chest of Giant Woman

Society Las Olas

300 SW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Society Las Olas. Downtown, on the west side of SW 1st Ave., just north of the New River.
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