The Unisphere is a spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York, United States. The globe was designed by Gilmore D. Clarke as part of his plan for the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The Unisphere was conserved in 1994 as part of a 15-year, $80 million project to restore Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The structure was cleaned and reinforced, the surrounding area re-landscaped, and the number of spray jets in the fountain doubled, from 48 to 96. In 1995 the Unisphere was designated an official City landmark.
The Unisphere became the space age logo of the fair, a steel Earth at the Ptolemaic hub of a Googie-style Jetsons universe. But the Unisphere was as much a pivot in time as in space.
Head due south of the station on the wooden walkway till it enters the park. Then turn right and the path will lead you to the Unisphere. Fountains weren't working as of the date of visit, but well worth the effort. Image the crowds in '64 and the World of Progress that awaited the Baby Boomer generation.
The Unisphere is a stainless steel sculpture of the Earth, which was built for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. This was one of the big draws of the fair, which is where the Brussels waffle was invented. The sphere is 140 feet high and 120 feet wide. It was meant to remind viewers that global relationships are key.
The Unisphere is a beautiful, giant steel globe that sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, so iconic that like the Queen of Corona, it has become the symbol of Queens. It is a famous sight in central Queens and is visible to drivers on the Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, and Van Wyck Expressway, as well as to ...
The lighting effects on the Unisphere are are no longer in place, however the fountains which where shut off since 1970 where completely restored and put back in service in 2010. The globe itself was also thoroughly cleaned and repaired in 1993/94. The Unisphere sits right in front of another great attraction, the Queens Museum of Modern Art.