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Joe Louis Sculpture: Detroit, Michigan
The Joe Louis Sculpture in Detroit, Michigan, is either loved or hated by locals.
The Joe Louis Sculpture in Detroit, Michigan, is either loved or hated by locals.
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A gift to the city of Detroit from Sports Illu­strated in 1987, this sculpture by artist Robert Graham honors legendary boxer (and Detroit native son) Joe Louis.

The 24-foot bronze fist, which is poised as if to strike, has been the source of local controversy since its unveiling. Locals love it or hate it -- there is no middle ground.

Find out about the statue of one of the most recognized advertising icons in the next section.