Creator of Divisive King Monument Builds Sculpture for Super Bowl

Kalia Richardson for The New York Times

The steel sculpture by Hank Willis Thomas features a football and will be displayed outside State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12.


A new work by the artist who recently unveiled a much-discussed sculpture of a hug between the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will be displayed outside the Phoenix-area stadium hosting the upcoming Super Bowl.


The 10-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by the artist, Hank Willis Thomas, shows an unidentified player’s extended arm reaching to catch a football. Titled “Opportunity (reflection),” it draws inspiration from his 2015 sculpture “Opportunity.”

January 31, 2023