During the last decade of the nineteenth century, so-called “World Expositions” were held in various places in an effort to let people know about some of the advances that had occurred in science and industry and to offer opportunities for fine and applied art objects to be displayed. One of these expositions – The 1889 Universal Exposition – was held in Paris, France. Another – The World’s Columbian Exposition – was held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893.
Architecture, in terms of the buildings that housed the expositions and the special monuments that were constructed as symbols of the expositions, was important and open to both praise and condemnation. Research these two expositions in order to find out more about the architectural efforts that went into them. Take notes on your findings so you can offer information on the following:
Assume that you could make arrangements to hold such an exposition in a city near you. Name that city and give a date for when the exposition will be held. Then offer your suggestions – either drawn out by hand or just described in words – for the symbol you feel should be used for the exposition. Give reasons for your choices.
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