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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

"Con Ed's "The City of Light" was the largest diorama up to that time. The fourteen-minute show presented the illusion of watching New York City through a twenty-four hour cycle. Originally designed to be continuous, a break of a few minutes was required as visitors tended to stay and watch the subway cars wiz by.

Walter Dorwin Teague designed the diorama which consisted of 4,000 buildings built to perspective, with the Empire State Building the tallest, taking up twenty-two feet to represent its 102 stories.

The diorama used enough electricity in a day to illuminate a 1,200 family apartment building, a village of 4,000 individuals or all of the street lights on 5th Avenue. Not all of the buildings, however, were "lit" during the night time sequence. Thousands of spots of fluorescent paint brightened by ultra violet lights helped create the illusion of light on the "distant" buildings…."

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Torquemada12 Apr 2019 11:40 p.m. PST

First time I've seen this. Thanks for posting. It's amazing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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Baranovich23 Apr 2019 8:38 p.m. PST

Never knew about this before now. Amazing!!

Thanks for sharing!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2019 10:08 p.m. PST

No mention my friend!. (smile)


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