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1964 World's Fair Statue to Get Facelift

1964 World's Fair Statue to Get Facelift
The Rocket Thrower is getting a touch up.

An iconic statue commissioned for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City will get a facelift.

The 43-foot-tall bronze "Rocket Thrower," has been described an example of Neo-Classic art and depicts a man with arms outstretched, hurling stars and a rocket toward the sky. According to the New York Times the statue was once as well-known as the Unisphere, the giant globe that sits in Queens at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where the fair was held in 1964 and 1965.

"Rocket Thrower" will be restored using about $115,000 in grants, gifts and contributions. Some of the money will come from the city's Adopt-a-Monument program.
The statue wasn't always lauded: A Time York Times critic called it a "monster" when he first saw it on April 25, 1964.