The World’s Columbian Exposition
The Chicago exposition celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage is described in fascinating detail in Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City. Among the many novelties on display at the Fair was the newly invented Ferris Wheel.
Although the Exposition was temporary, its influence was long lasting. Descendants of the “White City” include the Emerald City in Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, the “alabaster cities” in “America the Beautiful,” and Walt Disney theme parks. And of course it inspired the City Beautiful movement, whose effects are still standing in New York: see Bryant. Shown in this episode to illustrate it are Alma Mater and Straus.
Artists at the Columbian Exposition
Among the artists who contributed works to the Columbian Exposition and also created works still standing in New York City are:
New York Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Columbus’s First Voyage
New Yorkers lost the competition to host the Columbian Exposition, but erected 2 monuments to Columbus in the 1890s: this one by Sunol and Russo’s Columbus Monument. Their celebration of the event in New York Harbor was a magnificent spectacle.
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