This beautiful design has been commissioned by the Henry B Plant Museum in Tampa Bay, Florida for the museum gift shop.
Born in 1819, Henry Bradley Plant was involved with many transportation projects, mostly railroads, in the U.S. state of Florida. Eventually, he owned the Plant System of railroads which became part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.
Since 1933, the Tampa Bay Hotel has been home to the Henry B. Plant Museum and The University of Tampa.
The building is a National Historic Landmark and the museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The museum interprets the history and lifestyle of America’s Gilded Age and the life and significant contributions of Henry Bradley Plant to the development of Florida and Tampa Bay.
The globe design features a plain dark wood base with the inscription and logo on the underside.
The inner setting features an intricate sculpture of one of the museum’s famous and iconic “minarets”.
Meanwhile, a faithful replica of the historic Plant System steam train snakes around the base.
I have wanted to do a design featuring a steam train for many years, so it was a real delight to work with Dale and the museum team to make these beautiful showpieces. The Henry B Plant constitutes yet another definite stop on my destination tour of the USA!