Unisphere from '64/'65 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Flapane.
Unisphere from ’64/’65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Flapane.

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This week’s photo is of the Unisphere, located in the New York City borough of Queens, in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. It is the world’s largest structure of a globe representation, weighing over 450 tons and being over 12-stories high (140 feet / 42.67 meters).

The Unisphere was originally created as the theme symbol of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. This World’s Fair was the third major one to be held in New York City. The theme was “Peace Through Understanding” and the Unisphere was a perfect representation. It was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”.

The 1964 World’s Fair that introduced this Unisphere was the second-largest fair ever held in the United States; the only larger fair was the 1939 New York World’s Fair, also held in this Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.

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