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Giant Globes

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Daily News Globe
New York, NY
Los Angeles
Times Globe
Los Angeles, CA
The revolving Daily News Globe was installed in the lobby of the Daily News Building when it was built in 1929. The globe is about 12 feet in diameter. The newspaper moved to a different location in the mid-1990s but this giant globe and weather instruments still remain. For more, see this website.

The Los Angeles Times Globe also revolves. The aluminum globe is about five feet in diameter. It was built around 1935 and is installed on a bronze pedestal. The lobby also features murals by Hugo Ballin. For more, see this website.

Waterman Globe
Mobile, AL
Giant Globe
Yarmouth, ME
The Waterman Globe was installed from 1948-1973 in the Waterman Building in downtown Mobile. The Waterman Building was the headquarters for the Waterman Steamship Corporation. The rotating globe is 12 feet in diameter and made of aluminum. The countries are represented as they were in the 1940s. In the 1970s, the globe was cut into 300 pieces and put in storage. Restoration work on the globe began in 1996. In 1999, it was installed at Mitchell Center at the University of South Alabama. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Yarmouth Globe, nicknamed "Eartha", is located at DeLorme's headquarters. It was built in 1998 and is 41 feet in diameter. It is the world's largest, revolving globe. It is on display in a three-story atrium, quite visible from the highway. The also have an incredible map store. For more, see this website. [map]

Giant Globe
Wellesley, MA
Giant Globe
Germantown, MD
Giant Globe [gone]
Tulsa, OK
Memorial Globe
Tacoma, WA
The Globe in Wellesley is 28 feet in diameter and weighs 25 tons. It was designed in 1947 and finished in 1955. The tiles fell off in 1984 and, by 1991, it was just a rusty ball. The revolving mechanism broke in 1993 and it hasn't spun since then. It was restored in 1993 with the help of DeLorme. It is on the campus of Babson College, outside the former Coleman Map Building (now Coleman Hall, a residence hall). For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Globe in Germantown is a steel water tank which was built in 1980. It is located on the property of Montgomery College. The tank is 100 feet in diameter and holds two million gallons of water. It cost nearly $2 million to build. This photo is from 2004. In 2011, the globe was repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

The Globe in Tulsa was about 30 feet in diameter and made of 24 fiberglass segments. It was built around 1957 for the International Petroleum Exposition. Bell's Amusement Park bought it and reassembled it around 1958. At that time it was the largest rotating globe in the world. In later years, a broken bearing and disassembly kept it stationary. Bell's was located just inside the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The globe had some painted advertising for the radio station KMOD on it. In 2007, the amusement park closed and the rides and globe were moved into storage. In 2011, Bell's was preparing to reopen in West Tulsa. I don't know if the globe will reappear there.

The Memorial Globe is installed in Thea's Park. It is eight feet in diameter and made of steel. It was erected to extend a message of peace after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. [map]

Unisphere
Queens, NY
Leisure World
Seal Beach, CA
Leisure World
Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World
Mesa, AZ
Giant Globe
Bethany, OK
The Unisphere was built by U.S. Steel for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. It is 140 feet tall and made of stainless steel. The Unisphere is the largest representation of the earth ever made. The three rings which circle the globe represent the orbits of the first American astronaut, the first Russian cosmonaut, and the first communications satellite. The Unisphere is surrounded by a giant pool with fountains. On the same grounds, at the 1939 World's Fair, was the Perisphere which was a stylized white globe. It contained exhibits including "Democracity," a diorama of a futuristic city. For more, see this website. [map]

Leisure World, a chain of retirement communities, produced these globes in the 1960s. The steel and fiberglass globes are 50 feet tall and weigh about 4,000 pounds. They were designed by QRS Neon. The first location opened in Seal Beach in 1962. The globe was installed then. The fountain was turned off sometime between 2000 and 2004. The globe stopped revolving around 2011. In 2015, there were plans to restore it and paint it a bronze color. However, when the paint was stripped, the globe partially collapsed and it was deemed beyond repair. It remained under a tarp for over a year. In late 2016, the new bronze-colored globe was on display. [map]

The Leisure World globe in Silver Spring still revolves and is nicely maintained. I believe this location opened in 1966. [map]

The Leisure World in Mesa was built in 1973. The globe still has the water feature. [map]

The Leisure World in Laguna Hills, CA was the second location. The globe was moved from Laguna Hills to Laguna Woods in 2002. In 2007, the globe was demolished in 2007 after a lawsuit. The renamed Laguna Woods Village could no longer use the globe which was trademarked by Leisure World. For more, see this website.

There was a third location built in 1964 in Walnut Creek, CA. By the late 1980s, a couple of continents had fallen off of the globe. It was dismantled in 1994 and eventually sold to Waterworld in Concord, CA. However, it was never used at the park. There was another Leisure World location in Monroe Township, NJ. I don't know if that one had a globe. For more, see this website.

The Bethany Globe is located in front of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church office complex. Although this globe looks identical to the ones used by Leisure World, as far as I know, there were never any locations in Oklahoma. According to the IPHC, this globe was built in the early 1970s when the church moved here from Georgia. The globe was a symbol of their ministry's growth to 40 states and 90 countries. Perhaps this globe was produced by the same manufacturer that made them for Leisure World. [map]

Giant Globe
Collbran, AL
The Collbran Globe was originally a Shriner's storage building in Tampa, FL. It was blown across the state during Hurricane Hugo. The present owner, a Shriner himself, brought it here. He says he wants to fix it up and put a cowboy hat on top. These photos are from 2007. By 2013, the globe had been repainted. The door is now missing. [map]

Giant Globe
Hamilton, ON
Giant Globe
Savannah, GA
The Globe in Hamilton is part of a sewage treatment plant. The side that faces the QEW highway shows North America with the lettering "HAMILTON" over it. For more, see this website. [map]

The Globe in Savannah was built in 1956-1957 as a 100,000 gallon natural gas storage tank by the Savannah Gas Company. It was painted as a standard style globe by the company a couple years later. The globe measures 60 feet in diameter. It was in use until the 1970s. It deteriorated until it was purchased and repainted in 2000. The new look features simulated satellite photography with a hurricane heading for Savannah. In 2005, the globe was sold to the Savannah Mortgage Co. for $450,000. The cottage next door to the globe houses their office. They added their own lettering to the globe. The mailbox is meant to represent the moon. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

RKO Globe
Los Angeles, CA
Trump Globe
New York, NY
This RKO Globe occupies a corner of the former RKO movie studios building. In keeping with the RKO logo, there was once a radio tower on top of this globe originally. The building, which I believe is from 1921, is now occupied by Paramount Pictures. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Trump Globe is installed in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower. This building was built in 1969 as the Gulf & Western Building. Donald Trump had the building reclad and redesigned in 1997. I believe this steel globe was created at that time. It appears that it was inspired by the Unisphere in Queens described above. [map]

Globe [gone]
Idaho Falls, ID
Globe
Phoenix, AZ
Globe [gone]
Tucson, AZ
The Globe in Idaho Falls was installed in front of Andersen Manufacturing Inc. This photo is from 2014. By 2015, the globe was gone.

The Globe in Phoenix is located at the entrance to the Phoenix Zoo. [map]

The Globe in Tucson was a temporary installation. I assume it was originally used as an advertisement for an internet company. I think it was for sale at a flea market which was on this lot in 2012. It's gone now.

Portland Luggage
Portland, OR
Globe [gone?]
Rantoul, IL
Globe
Tulsa, OK
Globe
Coatesville, PA
Baptist Bible
Fellowship International
Springfield, MO
This Portland globe is mounted on top of the Portland Luggage store sign. [map]

I believe the Globe in Rantoul was located near the Furniture World building. However, I can't match up any of the building details in this photo from 2009 with anything at Google Street View. So, if anyone knows where this globe is/was or anything else about it, I'd love to hear from you. It appears that it was installed on a safe.

This Globe sign in Tulsa is installed in front of a tattoo studio. Does anyone know what business this advertised for? [map]

The Globe in Coatesville is part of a veterans monument. [map]

The Baptist Bible Fellowship International globe is about ten feet tall. [map]

Grand Kugel Ball
Richmond, VA
Kugel Ball
Bakersfield, CA
Kugel Ball
Tulsa, OK
Kugel Ball
Farmington, NM
The Grand Kugel was installed at the Science Museum of Virginia in 2003. This giant granite globe represents Earth and floats on water. A water jet causes the globe to revolve at the same rate of speed as Earth. There is a similar granite moon in the distance behind this globe. [map]

This Kugel Ball in Bakersfield is located at the Amtrak station. It appears to be made of granite. It originally had water in the base and spun independently. It could also be moved if pushed. There was no water when this photo was taken in 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

This Kugel Ball in Tulsa is located at the Tulsa Zoo. The marble globe can be moved by hand. The inscription "The Earth is our mother. The sky is our father" is meant to reflect Native American culture. I believe it was installed in 2004.

This Kugel Ball in Farmington is located at All Veterans Memorial Park. The marble globe is about four feet in diameter and is suspended in water. There are stars on the globe to indicate where the U.S. has been involved in military conflict.

La Verne Business Park
La Verne, CA
Veteran's
Memorial
Fountain
Kenosha, WI
JVC Globe [gone]
New York, NY
Globe
Neillsville, WI
Globe
Globe, AZ
The La Verne Business Park was built in 1988. This globe appears to be part of a non-functioning fountain. [map]

The Veteran's Memorial Fountain was built by Frank Colicki in 1976. The globe is made of stainless steel with continents made of cast bronze. The fountain is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This JVC Globe was located in Times Square. It had been there since 1999. The JVC letters which circled the globe were replaced with an LED screen in 2008. The globe was 18 feet in diameter. It was removed in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Globe sculpture in Neillsville is installed in front Dave & Donna's bar. The arrows points to the sculpture's location in Globe, WI, a city which doesn't exist anymore. [map]

This Globe in Globe serves as a welcome sign to downtown. [map]

Post-Intelligencer Globe
Seattle, WA
Globe
Long Beach, CA

The Post-Intelligencer Globe is also known as the P-I Globe. It was installed on top of the Post-Intelligencer newspaper building in 1948. The globe is 30 feet tall and the eagle on top is over 18 feet tall. The letters that spell out "It's in the P-I" revolve around the globe. When the company moved to this building in 1986, the globe sign was brought along. In 2009, the Post-Intelligencer ceased publishing and the remaining entity, seattlepi.com, moved to a new location. In 2012, the globe sign was donated to MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry. As of 2015, the museum is still looking for a place to move the sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

This Globe in Long Beach is made of bronze and is just over eight feet in diameter. It was built by Great American Bronze Works. It is a replica of the sculpture that has been missing since at least 2004. The sculpture was installed around 2009 in the median of a traffic circle in Douglas Park. It was commissioned by the Boeing Company as a tribute to the Donald Douglas aircraft plant which was demolished around 2005. The Douglas plant was replaced with a park and new commercial development. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Globe Fountain
Universal City, CA
Succulent Globe
Castroville, CA
Eco-Earth Globe
Salem, OR
The Globe Fountain in Universal City is located at Universal Studios. The globe revolves. There is another globe at the Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. [map]

This Succulent Globe is 14 feet tall and revolves. There were more than 30,000 succulent plants inserted through wire mesh to create the face of the globe. It was built by Robin Stockwell in 2013 and exhibited at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. The globe is now located at Succulent Gardens. I'm told that the globe will be dismantled in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This Eco-Earth Globe was built in 2003 as a community art project. The globe was previously an industrial storage tank. It is 26 feet in diameter and is located in Riverfront Park. It is decorated with nearly 9,000 ceramic tiles. For more, see this website. [map]

More Giant Globes:
Crossroads of the World (Los Angeles, CA)
World Savings & Loan Association (Lynwood, CA) [vintage]
Cool Globes (Washington, DC)
Pan Am Globe: 1, 2, 3 (Miami, FL)
Kugel Ball (Orsino, FL)
Willis Tower Globe (Chicago, IL)
Floral Globe (Wadsworth, KS) [vintage; gone]
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) [vintage; gone?]
Globe (Louisville, KY) [gone]
Mapparium (Boston, MA)
Moon (St. Louis, MO)
Daily Planet (Raleigh, NC)
Kugel Ball (Omaha, NE)
Foodstuffs International Visitors Center (Cincinnati, OH) [vintage]
Kugel Ball (Lansdale, PA)
Globe (Austin, TX) [gone]
Globe sign (Appleton, WI)
Globe sign (Milwaukee, WI)
Haworth (Calgary, AB)
Globe (Liaoning, China)
Grand Palais (Paris, France)
Kugel Balls (various locations)

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