Audio Recording About Picasso's Florida Sculpture Discovered - NBC 6 South Florida

Audio Recording About Picasso's Florida Sculpture Discovered

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    ROME - OCTOBER 10: 'Bust of a Woman' painting of Picasso is shown at the 'Vittoriano' Palace Museum during the opening exhibition 'Picasso 1917 - 1937' on October 10, 2008 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    University of South Florida researchers have discovered a long-forgotten audio reel describing a plan to build a massive Picasso sculpture on the campus.

    USF announced recently the 44-year-old audio reel was found in the school library's special collection.

    In the recording, artist Carl Nesjar — a Norwegian sculptor who was Picasso's chosen fabricator, taking his drawings and scale models and giving them physical form as immense public sculptures — discussed the work. The researchers also found a composite photograph and sketches.

    The plan was to sculpt Picasso's "Bust of a Woman." It would have been his largest single work and among the world's tallest concrete sculptures.

    The State Board of Regents approved it on April 9, 1973, a day after Picasso's death, but did not agree to fund its estimated $10 million budget.

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