Saturday, August 23, 2008

Round Robin Photo Challenge



The Round Robin Photo Challenge for today is PUBLIC ART.

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The Unisphere, commissioned to celebrate the beginning of the space age, was conceived and constructed as the Theme Symbol of the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. The Theme of the World's Fair was "Peace Through Understanding" and the Unisphere represented the theme of global interdependence. It was dedicated to "Man's Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe."

Designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, the Unisphere was donated by the United States Steel Corporation and constructed by that company's American Bridge Division. It is the world's largest global structure, rising 140 feet and weighing 700,000 pounds. Some sources say the Unisphere weighs 900,000 pounds, a figure which includes the additional weight of its 100-ton inverted tripod base. The diameter of the sphere itself is 120 feet, or 36.57 meters. It is constructed of Type 304L Stainless Steel.

The Unisphere is located in my home town, Queens, New York.

theteach


17 comments:

Wammy said...

Amazing piece of art. Thanks for all the information also.

Carly said...

Hi :)

WHat an amazing piece! I just love it. I wish I could see it in person. I am going to put this one on my list of "Must See Artworks." And thank you for providing all the information. I might have to go and have another look around about it. It's intrigued me. :)

Always, Carly

Carletta said...

A good art day Mary! :)
These are wonderful photos of the Unisphere. Nice angle on the middle one.

quilly said...

I love seeing photos of this. Someday I hope to see it in person.

Lois Grebowski said...

I saw that in the movie, "men in Black" last weekend...

Tink *~*~* said...

Oh, now you're making me homesick! Was raised in Queens Village, from age 3 through 16 (and then transplanted to Long Island until two years ago). I was very little but remember the World's Fair keenly - especially all the Disney stuff. And now you know why I'm such a rabid Disney fan - he got me at an early age.

Humming "It's A Small World" to myself,

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

Gattina said...

How interesting, never seen or heard about it !

Lew said...

Nice shots of the Unisphere! You You live in a great spot for seeing and photographing art.

GMAC said...

i love the most the last! great shot the teach! hope to see more!

TJ said...

New York...it seems they have such wonderful arts. Someday I will visit that state. I was there briefly for the Niagra Falls but so much more to see I know...
Thanks for the story.
TJ
http://tjphotoexpressions.blogspot.com/2008/08/artseylocal-my-town.html

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice angels!

I played too :)

Putz said...

i have seen the brussel world fair, the one in new york,

onangelwings said...

This is so cool. I wish I could take a picture standing in front of this. I have tons of my parents standing in front of it during the NY World's Fair.

MyMaracas said...

Hey, I've actually seen this one! It really is wonderful. The way the light and lines change as you go around it is hypnotic.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I'm in tears here. I was at the NY World's Fair (not sure whether in 1964 or 1965), and the Unisphere has stayed with me all these years as something I really loved. It's a beautiful thing, and I especially love the detail brought out in your second and third shots. Many thanks for that, and for the further info on it. Funny how, nearly 45 years later, we're still grappling with the very same concepts!

Travis said...

That's something I would love to see in person. I think it's cool.

Desert Songbird said...

My SIL and her family live in Queens. She works for the NYT; last year, around the time of the US Open (which would be now!), she did an online feature of things that happen in and around Queens that are NOT related to the US Open. She showed this globe, of course.