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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A side exterior view of the Electrical Group exhibition at A Century of Progress. The sculpture adorning the Southeast facade was entitled "Stellar Energy" and was dedicated to light, "the beginning of everything."]
[Arc lights and generator, contributed by private owner for display at A Century of Progress.]
[Exterior view of the sculpture "Stellar Energy," which adorns the southeast facade of the Electrical Group building. The caption beneath the figure reads: "Light is the beginning of all things, from the utmost aether it issues shaping the stars answering in its patterns to the majesty of creative thought." The sculptor for this design was Ulric Henry Ellerhusen.]
[Light sculpture that flanked the side of the Electrical Building exhibit at the Century of Progress Exposition.]
[Promoters used the star Arcturus to ceremoniously open A Century of Progress in 1933. It was believed that the light of Arcturus took 40 years to reach the Earth, and this fact was used as a way to connect the Century of Progress with Chicago's earlier world fair in 1893.]
[The 'Light' sculpture that adorns the side of the side of the Electrical Building exhibit at the Century of Progress Exposition.]
[The Century of Progress International Exposition, illuminated at night by searchlights.]
[View of the Electrical Group exhibition building from the courtyard fountain. "Light," the bas relief sculpture behind the fountain, adorns the facade of the building's Electric Light and Power Industry exhibit.]
"A conception by Hugh Ferriss, a noted New York artist, of how the Ford Exhibition building now being erected at the Chicago World's Fair will look at night in its blaze of light. The building is nine hundred feet long and ten stories in height at its center. It faces upon a five acre park fronting Lake Michigan. Albert Kahn of Detroit is the architect, and Walter Dorwin Teague of New York, the industrial designer, is in charge of the interior display."
"Gigantic sculptured plaque 'Light,' one of the two figures that flank the sides of the Electrical Building of A Century of Progress Exposition."
"In General Electric's 'House of Magic' at the Century of Progress, the wonders of electrical science and research are demonstrated and explained by a staff of young engineers."
"Mercury vapor and sodium vapor lamps are two of the important items shown in this exhibit of the General Electric Vapor Lamp Co., in the Electrical Building of the Century of Progress."
"The night is pierced with light - of every hue - waterfalls, lacy sprays, and light that shoots off high into the heavens! This display may be seen in the court of the Electrical Building."
"Vapor lamps and lighting schemes they make possible form the theme of the General Electric Vapor Lamp Company exhibit at the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress."
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