Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chrome Trylon & Perisphere

Last summer, while strolling through the exhibit: Modernism: Designing a New World 1914–1939 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., I was surprised to see this enormous Trylon & Perisphere metal replica. I was so excited and interested that I got too close and set off the alarms. The real building was part of The 1939 New York World’s Fair. This replica was very nicely detailed, perfect scale and finished in chrome. No information, however, about who made it or when. The exhibit was organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum to explore modernist design of the early 20th century. According to the Corcoran website, “It was the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on the subject ever staged in America, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art was the only American venue. The exhibition explored the foundation and meaning of Modernism, and it contained some of the most seminal works of modern art, graphic and product design, and architecture produced in the first half of the 20th century.”

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