4. A New Projector Was Invented to Project Images onto the Perisphere

Photograph Courtesy of NYC Parks Archives

At night, moving images of clouds and other images were projected from nearby exhibit buildings onto the Perisphere using a specially designed glass-mounted slides. The amount of light needed to project the images would have burned through regular film, so film slides were enclosed in glass. A new type of projector with a custom designed battery and the largest long-focus lenses ever commercially made were created to facilitate the Perisphere’s projections.