A Couple of Small Candela Updates

I’ve got all kinds of catching up to do on Catasterist—my ‘to-post’ folder is bursting at the seams. This week is catch-up, clean-up, and batten-down week, for reasons I’ll explain in a later post.

First up: two Candela updates. Nothing on the scale of last week’s fantastic news, but every little bit helps round out the story, no? Here are two small images from one of the 1964 World’s Fair Progress Reports, which were issued three times a year in the years leading up to the Fair’s opening, to document plans, ground-breakings, and other ‘Hey, look how fantastically everything is going!’ type news.

We were tipped off that the Queens Museum of Art’s gift shop had some copies of a Progress Report that included some info on the marina, so naturally we sped on over to have a look. A mere two-page spread with no substantial text, but happily, two pictures we haven’t seen before, both of early conceptual models by Peter Schladermundt.

(click on either image above to see it bigger)

The image on the left shows a conceptual model for the structures—probably from quite early in the design process, since it is significantly different than the final structures (a central structural support, and what looks to be only three legs touching down). On the right is a meeting in which Peter Schladermundt (second from right) presents a model to a project manager from his office, a representative of Owens-Corning, and the president of Marinas of the Future, Inc., the client. Both photos are tantalizing hints to the design process.


In other Candela news, the Parks Department sign in front of the Candela Structures is no longer 100% inaccurate—entirely the reverse, as a matter of fact. We took matters into our own hands and updated the sign with a sticker (we’re going to monitor its weathering and modify our materials if needed) that gives credit to Peter Schladermundt, mentions the original glass walls, and gives the original number of pavilions at three. Wshew! So much better to have facts instead of fiction there.

We noticed that at least one other nearby sign (the signs are all over the huge Flushing Meadows Corona Park) has been replaced with a newer sign that includes the outline of the structueres and a label, but no background on either them or any of other points of interest throughout the park. The new signs are colorful, updated, and more accurate, but it’s a little sad they don’t give any information beyond the map itself, and it’s totally terrible that they use that dreadful font. Ick.



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