World’s Fair

Beginning in the 19th century, World’s Fairs became a popular spectacle for people and nations around the world. It was a way to showcase the newest inventions, architecture, and modes of transportation as well as a celebration of people and culture. Every few years the fair would be located in various parts of the world, giving the host nation an opportunity to present the most innovative products and sights for all to see. Surprisingly, everything constructed was only intended to be temporary! One structure that has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world originated from a world’s fair. The Eiffel Tower engineered by Gustave Eiffel was constructed to be the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France. At first, the structure received copious amount of flack but ironically has become one of the biggest cultural icons in the world. However, the majority of the other buildings and structures built for world’s fairs have long been demolished and can only be viewed as sketches and photographs. World’s Fairs create unique experiences for all. They are designed to be grand, celebratory, and collaborative bringing people and culture together while instilling a sense of pride for nations and regions.

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