The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, a new exhibition at the City Reliquary, tells the story of these underappreciated fiberglass formations and the surprising culture of mystery and misinformation surrounding them, from their origins as exhibit spaces during the 1964 World's Fair to their current status as neglected but enduring landmarks on the Queens waterfront. The exhibit has been produced by journalist Paul Lukas and architect Kirsten Hively, who developed a crush on the Candela Structures last year and decided to investigate their backstory. What began as a quick research project turned into an eight-month odyssey of dead ends, wrong turns, and architectural obsession. The resulting exhibit should give these underrated structures the attention they've long deserved. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on May 16th, 7pm, at the City Reliquary. Arts and crafts materials will be provided, so guests can sculpt their own Candela Structures, and the Reliquary will also provide "Save the Candelas" letters and envelopes, so guests can petition city officials to provide the Candelas with sorely needed repairs. Beer and other refreshments will be provided, and DJ Stacher will kick out the jams with mid-1960s pop-garage, psychedelia and Shea Stadium live concert hits. The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery will remain on view at the Reliquary through June 28th. Contact info: Paul Lukas: [email protected], 718.399.1126 Kirsten Hively: [email protected], 917.365.9009 City Reliquary: [email protected], 718.930.4768 Candela Structures: www.candelastructures.org ***** Located at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization provides a wide array of services to the community. As a certified 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, we are committed to serving the people of New York City â€“ natives, newcomers, and passersby. Originally established as a window-front display only museum in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Sts., the Reliquary moved into its present location in 2006 and is committed to plan and host public events, which provide neighbors and visitors with a place to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our community. The City Reliquaryâ€™s hours are: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm â€“ 6pm. Admission to the museum is by suggested donation. For general information, please visit the Museumâ€™s website www.cityreliquary.org or call 718. R U CIVIC.
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