A 32 feet high installation and a glowing sphere made by the artist are reminiscent of the Trylon and Perisphere, the signature monuments of the 1939 World’s Fair.

                                                 Pavilion of Azerbaijan

        by Tommy & Taylor Ilishaev-Kurs (age 11 & 10)

        We imagine Baku to be a beautiful place to visit

Pavilion of Philippines - by Armand Cordero(age 9)

I wish the floods, from bad weather, were over.

Pavilion of Cuba - by Phobe Gomez (age 5)

I imagine a free Cuba

Pavilion of Tanzania - by Shivani Mulji (age 15)

I imagine Tanzania as a place where the flowers are allowed to

bloom freely with no limitations created by industrialization

Pavilion of China - by Maya Pruitt (age 15)

I wish that Chinese people could have true freedom of expression without government censorship.

Pavilion of South Korea - by Eunice & Isac Yoon (age 11&15)

We imagine South Korea is a large and busy country

A mural-sized group portrait of the participants is serve as a U.S. pavilion.

In this project, a re-imagined Westinghouse Time Capsule solicits exhibition visitors to write on a wooden chip what they do not wish for future generations. Then throw it against a big black door. It inverting the capsule’s purpose, this collection of “non-wishes” will be burned at the end of the exhibition, rather than preserved.

                         O ZHANG QUEENS MUSEUM SOLO SHOW

                               November 01, 2009- April 25, 2010

Cutting the Blaze to New Frontiers marks the 70th anniversary of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. The project harkens back to its inspirational theme “the Dawn of a New Day” against the backdrop of today’s financial crisis.

The artist assembled a miniature world’s fair in collaboration with a group of Queens youth of immigrant parents. Having never visited their parents’ countries of origin, the young participants imagined their own “motherland” as a national pavilion. O Zhang’s mini-Fair reflects the increasingly complex cultural demographics of Queens and its inimitable vigor as the future of the nation. (on view Nov 1st, 2009 - April 25th 2010, at The Queens Museum of Art, New York)