World and International Exhibition Montreal 1967 - Expo67

Man and his Universe

April 28, 1967 - October 29, 1967

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United States of America

United States of America at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967

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Architect(s) : R. Buckminster Fuller, Fuller & Sadao, Inc; Geometrics Inc; Cambridge Seven Associates Inc

The geodesic dome of the United States pavilion is, in itself, the main element of the American participation in Expo 67. Twenty stories high and 250 feet in diameter, it consists of a light metal frame supporting a transparent envelope of tinted acrylite panels.

The visitor first discovers a series of folk art objects, placed to pay tribute to the country's artists. He then moves on to a series of small groups of objects chosen for their striking representation of American creative genius, both ancient and modern. Further on, he saw a group of Indian objects, a collection of ingenious domestic appliances, and an amusing representation of the various types of Americans, their occupations and personalities, through a vast assortment of hats.

An escalator, 135 feet long, takes the visitor to the highest floor, where he is treated to an exciting tour of the American space effort. Up there, hanging from a kind of parachute attached to the top of the sphere, are authentic space vehicles used for American experiments. Further down is a large replica of a patch of lunar soil with life-size space capsules and a team of astronauts in Apollo flight suits.

A host of other life-size and scaled-down devices are suspended at various heights. Television footage of the lunar surface, an assortment of instruments and foodstuffs used by the first men on the moon, large colour slides and accelerated film footage of space flights all contribute to the visitor's sense of escape from the earth.

The four main floors of the geodesic sphere house numerous displays, including an exhibition of modern paintings and objects belonging to film and theatre artists.

The exhibition is complemented by 20-minute colour film screenings of a mosaic of creative America.

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