In 1959, artist Edward E. Carlson made the initial drawings of what would become the Seattle Space Needle™ on a napkin at a coffee house. Inspired by an observation tower in Stuttgart, Germany, the top house first resembled a balloon. It would go through many transformations with the help of architect John Graham & associates before it reached it´s famous flying saucer look.
The theme of the 1962 World’s Fair was unmistakably about futurism and American optimism, and was appropriately named, “The Century 21 Exposition.” The Needle was specifically designed to embrace the “Race into Space” or now more commonly referred to as the “Space Age.” In keeping with the 21st Century theme, even the final coats of paint were dubbed Astronaut White for the supporting legs, Orbital Olive for the core, Re-entry Red for the halo and Galaxy Gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof.
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