Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.  On our first day in New York City, we walked through the beautiful park...

and arrived at the Unisphere.
Built for the 1964-1965 World's Fair by U.S. Steel as a symbol of world peace, based on the fair's theme, Peace Through Understanding, the Unisphere is 140 feet high, 120 feet in diameter and weighs 900,000 pounds.  It is one of the largest globes ever made.
Since the continents are the heaviest parts of the all-steel sculpture and they aren't evenly distributed, the Unisphere is top heavy. Very top heavy. It was carefully engineered to account for the unbalanced mass.
The Unisphere is centered in a large, circular reflecting pool and is surrounded by a series of water-jet fountains designed to obscure its tripod pedestal. 

The effect is meant to make it appear as if it is floating in space.

All photos in this post were taken by me during my trip to New York City in September, 2012.

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