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Queens arts group honors Unisphere 40th

By Brian M. Rafferty

Queens Council on the Arts celebrated the unveiling of a series of pieces based on the Unisphere last week at Shaheen’s Restaurant in Jackson Heights.

The eight pieces, each which use different media to convey the theme of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” will be auctioned off at a special fund-raiser Thursday, Feb. 12 at Terrace on the Park — a mere stone’s throw from the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Unisphere was created as the symbol for the fair, and has remained on is site in the park for the last 40 years. In the time since the fair, the Unisphere has become an icon defining Queens — shown in movies, highlighted on maps and used by many borough-based organizations to promote themselves.

Queens Council on the Arts will honor the artists — Ashraf Mian, Robbie Ingui, Patrick Clark, Pierre Obando, Kyu Nam Han, Robyn Love, Peter Marin and Ron Lucas — as well as state Sen. Serphin Maltese, Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, composer James Cohn, Janet Rodriguez of J.P. Morgan Chase and Tariq Hamid of Shaheen International.

Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper will also receive a special honor that evening.

For more information about the event, call 718-647-3377.

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