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.

Address:
700 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL
Directions:
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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