globe first rested in the Waterman Building (now SouthTrust Bank)
from 1948 through 1973 and was a major attraction in downtown Mobile.
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Company painted the original aluminum exterior of the 12-foot diameter
globe, which depicts countries as they were in the 1940s.
The reconstructed globe rotates once every three minutes and 50
seconds. The globes axis is identical to the Earths.
The Waterman Globe was part of a total
display of painted murals until it was cut into 300 pieces of scrap.
Former USA President Frederick P. Whiddon saved the globe and stored
it for more than 20 years, anticipating its restoration.
USA engineering technician Lanny
McCormick completed the arduous task of reconstructing the globe
in 1996. Local artist Joe Wilson worked as a modern-day Michelangelo,
lying on his back at the globes new home in the Mitchell Center
to restore the paint.
The railing around the globe is original,
augmented by new vertical brass safety bars. The globes steel
base was recycled from an USA campus soccer goal.
The globe made its second Mobile debut
at the May 1999 USA Spring Commencement, which marked the opening
of the Mitchell Center. The University is proud to bring this Mobile
landmark back to life.
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