It’s been a long time, but the first big American World’s Fair is being planned for Los Angeles in the year 2020.
What will one find in the U.S. Pavilion of the Future?
A look back at one of the Pop Culture high points of World’s Fairs, the one which took place in 1967 in Montreal, Canada, known as “Expo ’67” might prompt some thinking.
Native American feathered headdresses. Mousetraps. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein pop art.
Shriner hats. Bakers hats. Hardhats. Naval hats.
Wood-carved hunting duck decoys. John Wayne (and Mae West, of course) in outsized larger-than-life posters. Apple trees.
Astronaut chairs. Apollo space capsules.A lunar module.
Slave shackles. The Wright Brothers plane. Cowboy six-shooters. Hula skirts. Presidential campaign buttons.
Horse saddles and spurs. Alaskan totem poles. Bibles.
The good, the bad, the old, the modern, the beautiful, the ugly.
All that was American Culture in the year of 1967 was captured and displayed for a brief moment in time for all the citizens of the world to admire, disdain, question and giggle over.
Costumes. Telephones. Kites. Am American eagle. An American Elm tree.
Pink Florida Flamingo birds. A yellow cab. A Japanese-American garden.
All of this and more, however, was made all the more appealing by the unique and rather timeless “modern” structure it was all displayed in.
The “Biosphere” was designed by visionary Buckminster Fuller as a globe. Interior designers structured into it platform levels, staircases and escalators that were more likes conveyer belts moving people. Reaching the top level, visitors were afforded a breathtaking view of the entire fair.
And so, it begs the questions…
What ideas should be conveyed in a United States Pavilion for the 2020 Los Angeles World’s Fair?
What objects, items, and exhibits should be used to convey those ideas?
What type of structure should be built to house it all?
2020 may sound futuristic, but its only seven years away.
All readers are encouraged to contribute their own ideas here. And further, anyone interested in helping to organize and involve themselves in all aspects of the planning of the event can do so at the 2020 Los Angeles World’s Fair website, where a form is available.
And if you just like the idea, at least sign the petition of support!
Yes, of course, the money to do it all has to be be found first.
Nevertheless, for a little inspiration, here’s a fantastic short film about the Expo ’67’s American Pavilion by some of its creators: