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bratjdd
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The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind.

The peaceful use of atomic energy for scientific purposes embodied these themes particularly well and, so, that is what determined the shape of the edifice. At 102 metres high, with its nine interconnected spheres, it represents an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion (thousand million) times. It was dreamed up by the engineer André Waterkeyn (1917-2005). The spheres, though, were fitted out by the architects André and Jean Polak.

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    very cool!
  2. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Thank you,AmberRose
  3. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Thank you,Kerry10456
  4. flowerrose flowerrose, 2 years ago
    This is very interesting Bellin68 - it looks so sci-fi like something that's just walked out of War of the Worlds - but is a peaceful design of energy useage. Very interesting!!
  5. flowerrose flowerrose, 2 years ago
    oops that should read: bratjdd (sorry Bellin :-)
  6. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Thanks flowerrose I agree with you, its a very interesting design and yet is so out of this world for being built in 1958.
  7. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    this is a cool item, wonder if they took it down after the fair?The only worlds fair ive been to was in1968(Canada) which was very cool!

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