Thursday, November 19, 2015
Today I have some wonderful nighttime photos of the Eastman Kodak pavilion from the 1964 New York World's Fair.
First up is this picture of the famous 80 foot-tall "Picture Tower" (resembling a giant flash cube - except that this had five sides); the photos were 30 feet high and 35 feet wide, and were not backlit, as one might think. Instead, they were prints (changed every 4 weeks) lit with powerful xenon lamps. So powerful that this photo of a Native American is blown out (and this is after some Photoshop help). Still, the overall colors in this early-evening image are warm and lovely.
Overhead is the "moondeck", where guests could stroll along undulating pathways for some striking views of the Fair. Beneath a circular hole is a fountain, with "rain" falling from the deck above into the pool in front of us. In the pool were seven metal-rod "dandelions", designed by sculptor Harry Bertoia.
In 2013 a single 75-inch tall dandelion sold at auction for $152,500, while others have gone for over $500,000. Wow! They do look great... modern, abstract yet organic, light and airy, and playful.