If you were the person who called my office, asking where the Visual Welcome by Yaacov Agam sculpture was located, would you please call me back?

I provided wrong information about the Agam location and want to provide the exact location for you.

Back in 2012, I photographed six unusual icons around Tampa and crafted a contest entitled “Where am I?”  I asked contest participants to tell me where each shot was taken.  One photo was the Statue of Justice outside the George Edgecomb building, another was the grain silo at Silo Bend industrial park and a third was the Agam sculpture, then located behind the restrooms at the newly redeveloped Curtis Hixon waterfront park.

I’m guessing that a visitor to my website saw the contest photos, and then could not find the Agam anywhere!  Hence the call.

Unbeknownst to me, the City of Tampa recognized how precious a piece this Agam is, and relocated it the median on Bayshore Blvd., just south of the Bay to Bay intersection, at McKay St.. First, though, the sculpture, made from airplane steel panels, was repainted, resealed and then installed for Bayshore drivers to see.

What makes this sculpture so special is that what you see changes very subtly as you vary your viewing distance to the sculpture. And it is different in at least four ways, each side looks different from the north and south view. Check it out, and I will have a contest for the first entrant who likes the same view as me!

For those of us who have been in Tampa for over 25 years, you may recall the Fire and Water rotating sculpture at the base of the Harbour Island bridge, also an Agam.  Alas, I haven’t found where the owner stashed that sculpture although I am thrilled with the new placement and restoration of the Bayshore piece.