If you still haven't visited the show "Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow,” at the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in St. John’s University’s Queens campus, its still not too late. This show comes to reveal some unknown facts in Noguchi's involvement in industrial design beginning in the 1930s. Noguchi was an artist with an extraordinary interest in design and he started a business called “Time Design,” which came to offer an array of services to the growing American society interested in consumer goods. Between 1932 and 1939 he designed cases for an interval clock and a baby monitor; proposed Bolt of Lightning, Memorial for Ben Franklin and Monument to the Plow, a 1,200 ft on a side, tilled and crop-rotated pyramid earthwork surmounted by an abstracted stainless steel plow; invented an internally lighted, musical weather vane; collaborated on several left-leaning architectural projects; designed a swimming pool (unbuilt) for a Richard Neutra house for a famous film director in Los Angeles; helped Fuller shape his Dymaxion Car; and finally created a monumental fountain for Ford Motor Company's World's Fair pavilion, celebrating an abstract assemblage of parts from the company's famous drivetrain. On top, with my son in front of Fuller's Dymaxion Car (produced by Sir Norman Foster), which Noguchi helped shaping.
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