World’s Fair Wednesdays – Pacifica

Pacifica was the mascot statue of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco, CA.  Standing 81 feet tall, she welcomed guests to the Exposition, embodying that year’s themes: World Peace, Neighborliness, and the Unification of the Pacific Coast. Pacifica was created by Ralph Stackpole, the Bay Area’s leading artist in the 1920s and 30s.  Behind her at the Expo was a curtain made of metal tubes, that would make a sound as the breeze blew through them.

 

Pacifica

 

Pacifica presided over the Expo from 1939 to 1940, and was unfortunately demolished along with the majority of other buildings created for the Expo.

Here’s a fun video from ’39 extolling the highlights of the Expo, in which Pacifica is featured prominently.

 


Hail, Pacifica!

 

-ds