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Foam Panorama

Panoramic view of the city of New York Designed as a city' s civic celebrations by the city' s city' s urban champion and World's Fair President Robert Moses for the 1964 fair, the panorama was created over a period of three years by a group of more than 100 employees of the great architecture modellers Raymond Lester & Associates. After working with Norman Bel Geddes as an artiste, builder and processor for the 1939/40 World's Fair in New York and later for other large community project for Moses, Lester was well acquainted with the construction of larger-than-life modelling work. Lester used air photos, Sanborn fire cards and a number of other city materials when designing the plan, as the panorama had to be precise, with the original agreement requiring less than one per cent of errors between the real and the" world's biggest model".

" With an area of 9,335 sqm and a 1:1200 ratio, whereby one 100 foot inches corresponds, the Panorama is a small-format megacity. Of the 895,000 pre-1992 urban structures, each road, each park and some 100 bridge are depicted and mounted on 273 separate segments covering the 320 sq. m. of New Yorkity.

The Long Island and New Jersey look to the Atlantic Ocean as dark shadow measurements to the West and Easts. In 1964, when the Panorama was launched, a continual light circuit from morning to evening was one of its peculiarities. An automatic programme with 3,172 coloured luminaires also illuminated the city's urban structures - polices, firehouses, colleges, clinics, courthouses, libaries, residential community facilities, as well as hydro, natural and electricity plants.

A few meters above the surfaces of the lit urban park and skyscraper window of Manhattan, all decorated with phosphor colors that glow in the" Nights " series. Further scenic visuals include mobile aircraft taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport every few mins.

Primordial material from which the panorama itself was made is a symbol of the time in which it was made - Formica boards and urethan foams on wooden. Houses are made of timber, plastics and hand-painted cardboard, bridging is made of engraved bras. Current supplements to the existing structure are made by architecture modellers from computer-assisted drafts made of laser-cut/etched plexiglass.

This panorama was one of the most popular rides at the'64 show, with million visitors to enjoy an inside New York sightseeing flight. This nine minutes drive offered a bird's perspective of the five districts and their extensive network of rivers, so that visitors could see the city at an altitude of 20,000 feet.

The" Helicopters", shaped synthetic caterpillars that enclosed the cast, also came with a tour," The City of Opportunity", reading by the radio legendary Lowell Thomas, which you can hear here. It was a 10 cent per passenger discount, while the planning and building of the whole panorama costs $ 672,662.

The panorama and the flight of the helicopters were open to the general public for three to four years after the fair; its original use as an instrument of municipal architecture seems to have been overlooked. In order to keep pace with the city's rapid growth, Lester's crew updated the models in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1974.

In the 1980s, AT&T (Sony), Citicorp and other building designs were sponsored and placed on the building during the building era, although most of the city's urban and commercial works were not used. Lester & Associates was again engaged in 1992 to update the whole range.

The museum itself was shut down for a two-year refurbishment by Rafael Viñoly, but the whole museum was taken out, with each of the 273 4'x10' parts with 5,000 charts, 109 photos and on-site excursions upgraded to reflect the actual situation. Finally, more than 60,000 structures were renovated before the individual panels were reassembled in good timeframe for the reopening of the museum in November 1994.

It was at this point that the choppers, after exceeding their anticipated lifespan, were taken out and substituted by a range of glazed balustrades and smoothly descending platforms imitating the 1964 route. Viñoly's concept revealed the open room and the floating vault of this huge "space" and took up the viewer's need to see New York City on a private bloc plane, as well as the great, overall view of Robert Moses, the planner/builder and his work.

The museum started its Adopt-a-Building programme in early 2009 in order to secure the models futures and bring them up to date at the same time. Properties can be "bought" on the panorama for only 100 dollars, whereby the owner receives a certificate in return for a contribution.

To a greater extent, the construction of new panoramic structures - such as Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, 27 Battery Park City facilities - will reflect recent cityscape expansions while financing current nursing, servicing and education programs that bring the magical city of New York to tens of thousands each year.

When you want to see our panorama, please notice that an animation work, part of our temp exhibit Mel Chin: Generous funds were made available by Amazon Studios for the revival of the Panorama of the City of New York in 2017. Many thanks thanksggiving : Besonderer Dank geht an Battery Park City Authority, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Jack and Dorothy Kupferberg Family Foundation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Mayor's Fund to Advanced New York City, New York Mets Foundation, New York Mets Foundation, Radii Inc.

as well as the hundrets of Adopt A Building Program donators for their assistance in the day-to-day management and upkeep of the panorama.

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