Until now, we mostly discussed how imagination could construct worlds safely contained in the pages of a book or in a movie, but it is time we talked about how it is also shaping our world!
If Jules Verne's novels found so quickly their public, it is precisely because he knew best how to express the feverish imagination of his era. The hopes and desires so widely shared by his contemporaries as they faced a rapidly changing world with promises of radical changes.
And to illustrate this eagerness to enter into this future, let's have a look at the "Porte Monumentale" (the "Monumental Gateway") designed by French architect René Binet as one of the main entrances for the 1900 "Exposition Universelle" in Paris!
At the turn of the century, this "Exposition Universelle" was in itself an event created to stimulate the imagination, where architects, artists and inventors could give free rein to their inventiveness. It was also thought of as a glimpse into a promising future by demonstrating new technologies (like large cinemas with talking films or the use of electricity to light the city by night). There are many ways to create new worlds and to offer them to the public's imagination (with science, unknown lands, magic, mythology, even languages and music) but few are as efficient as architecture and design!
And by entering into a place such as this "Exposition Universelle", you immediately knew you were witnessing a new world taking shape before your eyes!
Here’s a rare one, four color 8mm home movie reels of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. 1936 was the first year 8mm color film was available for the consumer market. It was extremely expensive costing $3.75 a reel, (in 2018 dollars that’s $67 a reel). #worldsfair#Dallas #1936 #homemovies#8mm
Epcot underground city concept art
By Herb Ryman, 1966
3 1012 days ago
To follow up on my post from yesterday about the #sculpture of Dušan Džamonja, here is a fun and vibrant photo from the 1967 World Expo, held in #Montreal, #Canada (one of the most successful World Fairs of all time). In this photo we see a fashionable young woman having her picture taken in front of a sculpture by Džamonja, which was located directly in front of the Expo's #Yugoslavia pavilion. Records indicate the sculpture was a huge success. Džamonja having his sculpture selected by the official Yugoslav organizers to be placed front-and-center at their Expo space meant that his sculpture was, in essence, acting as a #monument and testament to Yugoslav art and culture of the era. Also, Expo 67 was, by all accounts, the most indulgent display of 60s mod-styles, trends, architecture and design ever collected in one place.
Trocadero from World's Fair 1878 Paris. The second card is from World'sFair 1900 when the Building still exists. It was broken down for a new building for the World's Fair 1937.
Trocadero stereocards I've found today on a Foto Fair at Paris
#paris#trocadero#worldsfair #1878 #stereocards#collectibles