The Suspended Globe
Julia Balk, 1999, bronze
Broadway and Eighth Street, Columbia, MO
A hot-air balloon, fanciful flight, weightlessness and whimsy are concepts Balk hopes will come to the minds of viewers as they consider her 20-foot-tall sculpture in the bank’s Pocket Park. The three women shown supporting the structure are her contemporary replacements for the traditional image of Atlas carrying the world. Artist Mary Beth Llorens designed the nearby mosaic benches, iron fence and gates.