2016-191 – Unisphere Mandala

Unisphere in the 1964/65 New York World's Fair
Unisphere in the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair

This week’s MotD Theme: A-Round the Globe in 7 Days

I remember when the New York World’s Fair happened. It was a hugh deal! It represented modern marvels and a future of stupendous possibilities. It represented the coming together of the whole world, united, each country showing the others their contribution in putting their best foot forward. At least that’s how it felt to this 11/12 year old at the time.

Unisphere - closer view
Unisphere – closer view

Designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, the concept for this amazing iconoclastic 12-story, 900,000 pound stainless steel structure, called the Unisphere, the focal point of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, pushed the envelope of engineering capabilities at that time.

They needed to take into account the uneven distribution of weight of the continents. They needed to balance this “unbalanced” ball on a slender-pronged tripod. They also needed to contend with wind; the continental metal plates acted as sails, creating unequal pressures against a curved surface.  “The structure required the solution of mathematical problems so complex that without high-speed computers planning the Unisphere would have taken 10 years.”

From the New York World’s Fair web site about the Unisphere:

Symbol of the Fair, this 12-story high stainless-steel model of the earth was built and presented by United States Steel.

Dedicated to “Peace through Understanding,” the Unisphere will remain on its site when the Fair is over, as a gift to the city for the improved Flushing Meadow Park to be created on the fairgrounds.

The Unisphere is the largest representation of the earth ever made: 140 feet high, 120 feet in diameter. The capitals of the major nations are marked by lights.

Unisphere - photo taken 2014
Unisphere, in what’s now called Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
photo taken 2014

Inspiration For Today

How serendipitous for this piece to be showcased at this time. With the escalating violence, anger and hatred going on in the world, the “us vs them” mentality, it becomes very timely that we remind ourselves of the Unisphere’s dedication of “Peace Through Understanding.

We’ve proven time and time again that war and violence seem to fail at creating peace, they only seem to beget more war and violence. If we truly want peace, 1) it begins with each of us individually, finding peace within ourselves; and #2, it then moves outward by connecting with others through tolerance, understanding, and compassion.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Coloring!

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