The Unisphere was constructed in 1964 by the American Bridge Division of the United States Steel Corporation and was one of the highlights of the 1964-65 World Fair. It was designed by landscape artists Gilmore D. Clarke and became one of the symbols of the fair which was held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The sculpture stands 140 feet tall and was designated a New York City landmark in 1994.
Backstory and Context
The 1964 World's Fair brought together ideas and developments in science and technology from across the world. The objective of the World's Fair in Queens was to promote global peace through understanding. This was a prominent issue for the United States and the world in 1964, which was a time when a war raged in Vietnam and social changes were occurring around the globe. With space exploration and other advancements in science and technology, the world became smaller and nations were intertwined into a single global economy that would shape the future of the planet moving forward.
After the 1964 World's Fair, the Unisphere was neglected by park officials and suffered deterioration over time. For example, parts of the nations attached to the globe peeled off and would flap around during heavy winds. In 1994, the Unisphere, along with Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a whole, was renovated. The Unisphere was remodeled and damaged areas were reinforced during a fifteen-year project. It received official City Landmark Status in 1995. Today, the Unisphere still stands as a prominent symbol of both the City and the World.
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