Welcome to the future, circa 1982. This architectural mirrored-structure known as the Sunsphere, and modern light posts in the foreground, were installed for the 1982 World’s Fair, in Knoxville, Tennessee – roughly one year after NASA’s Space Shuttle program began. See more.
Today, I drove to Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park in north Knoxville, Tennessee, for a mountain top view of the city. Dedicated to the honor of the area’s war veterans, the park contains 111 acres along a 7-mile limestone ridge. The views were nice, except for the several large electrical lines – located directly in front of the observation deck. With ample space to clear another viewing area, I’d suggest that the park do so.
From the top of the mountain, I could see the Sunsphere in the distance. So, I made a right turn to exit the park and, to my surprise, the road led directly to the structure.
Built in 1982 for the World’s Fair, the structure stands 266 feet tall and weighs 600 tons. It’s interesting to note that the glass-panel windows are layered in 24-karat gold dust and cut to seven different shapes! It also has a viewing platform inside that can accommodate 86 visitors.
So as to have the sun at my back for better photographs, I drove around the building…