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Tampa, Florida: Exploding Chicken Sculpture

Sculptor George Sugarman built this 19-ton abstract landmark for a downtown Tampa bank in 1985. Critics and fans alike call it "The Exploding Chicken." Donated to the city in 2010 and moved to this location in 2013.

700 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL
Channelside Drive roundabout near the Florida Aquarium.
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Exploding Chicken.

Exploding Chicken Sculpture

The Exploding Chicken is located in the center of a roundabout, so not really easy to get a picture. Parking wasn't readily available; my husband dropped me off to take pictures while he drove around it several times. Funny but true. The sculpture looked to be in fine condition.

[Bordeauxbarb, 01/31/2020]

Exploding Chicken.

Exploding Chicken

With a new polishing, the sculpture stands out brighter than ever.

[Casaflamingo (Tim O'Brien), 02/24/2018]

The 36-foot-tall artwork weighs 19 tons and has been unloved since it was unveiled in 1985. Officially it has no title; "Exploding Chicken" is its mocking nickname.

Exploding Chicken.

Exploding Chicken Sculpture

36-ft tall aluminum and steel work of public art -- mostly unloved -- that everyone refers to as the "Exploding Chicken."

[Scott Archibald, 01/06/2015]

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