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Pablo Picasso is known for the prodigiousness of his artistic output, but his most monumental work was never realized. In the early 1960s, he had been introduced to betograve, a concrete sculpting method, by Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, who became Picasso’s fabricator for the next 20 years. The two realized many imposing statues, some of which are found in the courtyards of American institutions of higher learning, from Princeton to New York University. But their most ambitious collaboration, a 100-foot concrete monument that would have dominated the campus of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, was never made. 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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