It was to be the biggest concrete sculpture in the world, costing $ 10 million.
But just a day before the giant work by Pablo Picasso was approved, the Spanish modernist died, leaving the project unfinished.
Now for the first time a photograph showing how the sculpture would have looked has been uncovered by researchers.
Entitled ‘Bust of Woman’ the 100ft artwork was to stand alongside an architectural art center designed by world famous architect Paul Rudolph, in the grounds of the University of South Florida, in Tampa.
Rudolph lived in Sarasota, Florida at the time and had already built several structures throughout the state.
Researchers also discovered an obsolete audio reel which included a 1974 recording made by famed collaborator Carl Nesjar, giving further details of the ill -fated project.
"When I found the reel, I had a feeling it was going to be a major piece to the puzzle," said art historian and archaeologist Kamila Oles, University of South Florida.
"It took a really long time to find a company with the technology to convert it to MP3. When I realized it was Carl Nesjar speaking, my jaw nearly hit the floor."
Nesjar worked with Picasso for 20 years, turning his drawings and models into large public sculptures, such as the 36-foot Bust of Sylvette, currently displayed at New York University.
The State Board of Regents approved construction of the massive sculpture and center on April 9, 1973, the day after Picasso’s, but never agreed to fund the project which eventually failed due to lack of donations.
Although the project never came to fruition in its form, individuals and researchers across the world will soon have the ability to study "Bust of Woman" and Rudolph’s art and visitor center in its original architectural context through a virtual gallery.
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"We are the next artisans who will bring to life the biggest project of the world’s most renowned artist by means of new technologies," added Miss Oles.
"It is an extraordinary pleasure to realize Picasso’s desire. I believe he would be very enthusiastic about our virtual reality methods."