Expo 70 / Noguchi

In 1970, the World Expo was held in Osaka, Japan. 

The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." The symbol was Tower of the Sun, by Taro Okamoto, which still stands.

Most of the buildings and pavilions have been demolished. 

The main reason for me going to the park was to see the nine fountains designed by Isamu Kenmochi. He was invited by Kenzo Tange , who was in charge of creating the master plan for the Expo.
The fountains are still there, but they don't seem to be functioning. 

Source: arch2o

Nebula and Comet

You better believe that I took a paddle boat out to get a closer look.



Spaceship

Noguchi also designed a model for the U.S. Pavillion, but it wasn't built.


However, some other forward thinking structures did get built, like the Expo 70 Tower. As mentioned earlier, most have been demolished. 

Unlike some former expo sites, such as New York or Seville, that have been abandoned and forgotten, the Osaka site is Expo Commemoration Park. There is an Expo 70 museum, and a number of other museums, like the Mingei-kan, and the grounds are incredible. I spent a full day there. I'll do another post on the rest of the park. Hopefully it won't take me almost a year, like this one did.

Weekend / Stuff

These guys

More Eames

Smalls

John Mason / Sculpture

John Mason: Sculpture 1958 - 1964
Curated by Frank Lloyd


Vase, 1958

The other side of the same vase

Peter Voulkos, John Mason, and Paul Soldner at Otis Art Institute in 1956. Peter and John would share a studio space just a couple years later. 

Image courtesy of Soldner Enterprises and Stephanie Soldner Sullivan via Getty.edu

John Mason installation at the Ferus Gallery patio, 1957. This was the first of two Mason solo exhibitions held at the gallery.

Mason at Ferus in 1959


Mason at work in 1960

Source: Photo: Robert Blacknum via Kayne Griffin Corcoran

1960



1963

Orange Cross, 1963


1961

Or maybe 1960, according to the 1966 Abstract Expressionist Ceramics exhibition catalog

White Cross, 1964

White Cross

Late 1950s - early 1960s

The exhibition ends August 26th

Weekend / Stuff

Lamp by Ridi & Otto Kolb 

Books

Paul McCobb and stuff

Weekend / Stuff

Milo Baughman for Murray "Fibre" chair and a table he designed for Arch Gordon

Kinetic sculpture by Russell Secrest

Carl Aubock

Giorigio Belloli chair

Alvar Aalto Chair 69

More iron!

Frank Lloyd Wright / PHX

In 1949, Frank Lloyd Wright was Commissioned by the Southwest Christian Seminary to build a University on 8 acres in Phoenix, AZ. The design was complete and made public in 1950, but the bible college shut down and the project never started. Wright died in 1959, but his widow allowed the plans to be used for the First Christian Church. It was completed in 1972. The bell tower was built in 1978.



The moody monsoon skies.