Awesome Unisphere 3D Model for Google Earth

A very cool 3D model just posted today by ‘Gerardo64’ at the GEC Models Forum. Make sure you use the pan/tilt features to look at this in Google Earth after you download the 3D model of Unisphere . Also, after looking at the 3D model, turn off the model in the Places pane and look at the satellite photo of the Unisphere which is pretty nice looking (if you can get over the weird distortion unless you are looking at it from directly above).

Unisphere is a 12-story high, spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth. It is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the Borough of Queens, New York City.

The Unisphere, commissioned to celebrate the beginning of the space age, was conceived and constructed as the Theme Symbol of the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair. The Theme of the World’s Fair was “Peace Through Understanding” and the Unisphere represented the theme of global interdependence. It was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.”

Photo shown in the screenshot comes from ‘DanTheGoogler’ at the GEC who posted a placemark to Unisphere and his own personal photo back in August 2005. Source of quote – Wikipedia. Gerardo64 is on a roll with neat 3D model ideas just pouring out lately.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Hello,
    Thank you for your reference about my topic.
    Because I am architectonics department graduation, I’m interested in the mapping of 3D model very much.
    I am advancing “Cherry blossoms mapping” project.
    (mentioned by Seer)

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