Gold: The New York State Pavilion Entry and Photograph by: Mayssa Jallad

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon in Queens. The crisp February air fills your lungs as you stroll down Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s almost-empty grounds. An ice-cream truck’s eery tune punctures the air. The sky is a sea of light gray, until a flash of yellow appears in the distance. A beautiful beast. You approach it little by little, and realize just how small you are. You observe its features, its massive intricate details, and its dynamic spikes. You peak through its closed gates. The “Tent of Tomorrow” seems to belong to the past, a Philip Johnson-designed modernist relic. However, recent efforts from the community have begun to bring it back to life. Just last August, the steel structure supporting what was once the largest cable suspension roof in the world was repainted a bright shade of “American Cheese Yellow”. 700 gallons of primer and 500 gallons of finish were donated by local businesses and the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association.

American Cheese Yellow? More like Gold to us.

Submit your design entries for its rejuvination at

For more info, check out: Iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park getting $3 million facelift by LISA L. COLANGELO, – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Tuesday, May 5, 2015.