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Sculptures From the 1964 New York World’s Fair

The sculpture below, Forms in Transit, was the first one I saw when I arrived at Flushing Meadow Park Corona Park for the 1964 New York World’s Fair festival a few weeks ago. I didn’t realize it was a sculpture until I began researching other sculptures I saw in the Park that day.

Sculptures at the 1964 New York World's Fair

Forms in Transit

Festival organizers commissioned five sculptures that were to remain in the park after the Fair was over. Each representing space exploration, the main theme of the Fair. Here are the ones I saw.

Forms in Transit is quite large, 43 feet long, and made of aluminum and sheet metal. It looks like an aircraft but it embodies the concept of motion and change. Sculptor Theodore Roszak designed Forms in Transit.

Sculptures at the 1964 New York World's Fair

“Freedom of the Human Spirit”

Freedom of the Human Spirit, designed by Marshall Fredericks, depicts a nude man and woman with wild swans soaring skyward.

Sculptures at the 1964 New York World's Fair

“The Rocket Thrower”

Donald De Lue’s Rocket Thrower stands 43 feet high and depicts a chiseled man whose right hand is launching a small sphere into the sky that leaves an arching trail of flames behind. He throws a swirl of stars with his left hand that circle the rocket.

A man walked by as I aimed my camera at the sculpture and said I should take a look at the finger of his right hand. If you look closely, it seems he is giving the finger.

Sculptures at the 1964 New York World's Fair

The Unisphere

Designed by a landscape architect, Gilmore D. Clarke, for the New York World’s Fair, the Unisphere is, according to Wikipedia, the world’s largest global sculpture. It is 140 feet high, 120 feet in diameter and weighs 700,000 pounds, 900,000 if you include the base.

The Unisphere is massive and impressive, especially with the water jets turned on. It dominates the park and I ended up taking photos of it from several angles.

After I finished last week’s post, I found some photos that really capture the excitement of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Hope you’ll take a look here.

Linking up this week with Travel Photo Thursday that Nancie organizes. Be sure to stop by to see other photos from locations around the world.



  1. So cool… I wish to visit someday…
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  2. I hope you do, Lily!

  3. Those are all really cool. I have never seen them in person.
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  4. Such an impressive place with so many sculptures to see, it’s like an open gallery. Great captures, Marcia. And wonderful details, I loved how each of these sculptures besides being a captivating work of art also was trying to convey something meaningful. I tried clicking the link towards the end too, but it’s broken perhaps. Not sure if it’s a problem at my end though. Please do check.
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  5. The Rocket Thrower is my favourite of this group. And the world of course.
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  6. I love those sculptures…they do seem very retro!
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  7. They sure do, Corinne!
    Thanks for commenting and sharing.

  8. He’s mine too. Very impressive, isn’t he?

  9. Hope you make it here to see them one of these days, Suki!
    Thanks for your visit.

  10. Thanks, Arti. I’ll check the link.

  11. Love that 1960s sci-fi feel of this place. Nice find, Marcia 🙂
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  12. Thanks, Sophie! It does have a sci-fi feel to it.

  13. My favourite is the Freedom of the Human Spirit..

  14. Wow Awesome .I like “Freedom of the Human Spirit”. Thanks for sharing With us.