From Vast to
At nearly 870 square meters, the Panorama of the
Visitors gawk from the surrounding ramps and balconies as day turns to night every 20 minutes, and tiny lights twinkle on - until dawn breaks again.
But the museum's central and permanent attraction also presents an unusual problem for exhibitions director and curator
"No matter what fantastic exhibition you think you put outside, everybody goes back to the Panorama and goes 'wow!'" she said.
For the museum's current show, marking the 50th anniversary of both the fair and the Panorama, Iwasaki said, "I decided not to compete any more, but to embrace and include the Panorama itself in the show. The exhibition's called Bringing the World Into the World (http://www.voanews.com//www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/11/08/bringing-the-world-into-the-world/), including largest and smallest collection items of the Museum. The largest one, of course, is everyone's favorite, the Panorama."
One-hundred people spent three years building the Panorama for the
For the current show, Iwasaki combined existing works and new ones, most of them sculptures or installations. "It's filled with interesting ideas about how we like to see the world, how much we like to see the world. We like to know the world by seeing," she said.
A sculpture by
"Book pages pounded, and then compressed together," Iwasaki said. "It's rather wild, almost forceful, violent piece. It talks about the craziness of development, the density and intensity of the city environment."
While it's not about any city in particular, she said, "It may have something to do with the sociopolitical climate in
In another room, a sculpture by Japanese artist
A 1983 scale model of the solar system by
A microscopic replica of the
"It is there, but it only exists in your imagination, believing that is there. So, that is the largest and the smallest in the show," said Iwasaki.
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