Flushing Meadows Corona Park
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Gates of Life
The animal motifs for these fanciful bronze grillwork gates, designed by architects Clarke and Rapuano, and dating to 1968, were crafted by the Italian-born sculptor Albino Manca (1898–1976).
Following the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65, the World’s Fair Corporation returned this land to the City, and work resumed on the improvements to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. On October 26, 1968 the Queens Zoo opened at this site, utilizing Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome as an aviary, which was built to house the Winston Churchill Pavilion in the Fair’s second season. The theme of the new zoo was North American animals.
Manca, who also sculpted the impressive eagle for the East Coast Memorial (1963) in Battery Park, created a three-tiered composition for these impressive gates. Aquatic plants occupy the lowest level, marine life, such as fish and mollusks reside on the second level, and terrestrial plants, animals and birds are situated on the top level. Measuring 22 feet across, and ranging from outer to inner height from 10 to 8 1/2 feet, the monumental gates are an appropriate introduction to the actual species within.
Gates of Life Details
- Location: Entrance to Flushing Meadows / Corona Park Zoo
- Sculptor: Albino Manca
- Architect: Clarke and Rapuano, Incorporated
- Description: Ornamental gates
- Materials: Bronze
- Dimensions: H: 10' (ends), 8'6" (center) W: 22'
- Cast: ca. 1968
- Dedicated: ca. 1968
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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Lawrence Playground is temporarily closed due to construction. To follow this project as it progresses, visit our Capital Projects Tracker.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2019
World's Fair Marina
Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021
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