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The Big Globe

August 7, 2012

This summer I am trying to start a new trend and search for places in the New York area to take photos of. New York is one of the most wonderful places in the world yet, I find myself constantly circling the same surroundings and never really exploring the off-beat or hidden places I want to go.

Below are photos from my recent trip to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Queens. (Also known as the big globe sculpture that you can see from the highway when you are driving back from the airport).

The Unisphere is a 12-story high, spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth which was commissioned to celebrate the beginning of the space age. It 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”.

On the day I went to visit, it was very hot and there were all these children playing in and around the fountains that surround the structure. (Of course there are signs everywhere asking people not to do this but, in typical New Yorker fashion they were ignored). There was something so innocent and pure about seeing the children play. It added so much joy to a place that seems to be forgotten.

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