A simple, exciting, 70-foot-tall sculpture depicting lightning bolts greets hockey fans and passersby at the main entrance of the Amalie Arena, home to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Aptly titled Lightning, the artwork is made of six steel segments painted bright yellow. Jonathan Borofsky, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Maine known for his monumental sculptures, was inspired by the abundance of lightning in this area. He created Lightning in 1997, funded through a public-private partnership with the Tampa Bay Arena Ltd., the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Public Art Program of the City of Tampa.
Margaret Miller is the director of the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and Public Art.