Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Fairs and amusement parks always look more beautiful at night, and that goes for World's Fairs as well. A lot of thought went into planning the colors used in various sections, and as nice as these photos are, they probably only give an inkling as to how amazing it looked in person.
First up is the "Solar Fountain", not too far from the Eastman Kodak pavilion. It's a bit hard to see the golden sun at the top of the jets of water. I believe that the Japan pavilion is right behind it, with the Sky Ride silhouetted against the sky. I have a nice daytime photo of the Solar Fountain in this post.
Here's a pretty shot of the ornate Thailand pavilion. Here's what the official guidebook says: The main building, patterned after an ancient Buddhist shrine, has a gilded, tiered and spired roof rising nearly 80 feet. The building was inspired by a shrine north of Bangkok where a sacred footprint of the Buddha is preserved. The ornate roof was built in Thailand, shipped to the U.S. piece by piece and assembled on the fairgrounds. In this building and an adjoining wing, exhibits reflect the arts, crafts and traditions of ancient Siam and modern-day Thailand. In another wing are a gift shop and restaurant offering national products and dishes.
And finally, here's a photo of the colorful Tower of Light. The Tower was famous for it's intensely bright searchlight that shone straight up into the heavens, but that appears to have not been turned on yet. More guidebook info: The world's most powerful searchlight beam rises from the center of this unusual building, whose exterior walls consist of 600 aluminum prisms fitted together to form an eye-catching pattern. Sponsored by investor-owned electric utility companies throughout the nation, the building is entered by a moving ramp that carries visitors over a reflecting pool and deposits them on a giant turntable. The turntable revolves past seven chambers, stopping at each chamber for a new episode of a musical presentation on the benefits of electricity.
I hope you've enjoyed these photos from the New York World's Fair!