The Rocket Thrower was sculpted by Donald Delue for the 1964 World's Fair and stands between the Fountain of the Fairs and the Unisphere reflecting pool. One of my earliest memories of photographs of New York is an iconic photo of the Rocket Thrower in the foreground with a lighted Unisphere in the background. Note that his right hand is giving a one-fingered salute to the good people of Queens. Or is he flipping off the Yankees...hard to say.
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