Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Unisphere: Biggest World on Earth -1964 World's Fair Attraction

The Unisphere: Biggest World on Earth -1964 World's Fair Attraction Video Clips. Duration : 14.15 Mins.

This film shows the design and building of the Unisphere - the symbol of the 1964 New York World's Fair. The following information courtesy Designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, the Unisphere was donated by the United States Steel Corporation and constructed by the American Bridge Company. It is the world's largest global structure, rising 140 feet and weighing 700000 pounds. Some sources say the Unisphere weighs 900000 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. Built on the structural foundation that supported the Perisphere of the 1939--1940 New York World's Fair, the Unisphere is centered in a large, circular reflecting pool and is surrounded by a series of water-jet fountains designed to obscure its tripod pedestal. The effect is meant to make Unisphere appear as if it is floating in space. During the fair, dramatic lighting at night gave the effect of sunrise moving over the surface of the globe. Additionally, the capitals of nations were marked by uniquely designed lights that held four bulbs each. One of these lights is placed at the location of the Kahnawake Indian Reservation, which the Mohawk ironworkers requested to be placed there to honor their labor. When one would burn out, another would rotate in place so that the bulbs would not have to be changed during the two-year ...

Keywords: World's Fair, New York City, NYC, Big Apple, technology, American, documentary, history, poathtv, United States, 1960's, 1965, amusements, Unisphere, wdtvlive, 42

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