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William Gordon Huff (1903-1993)
The Exposition was held to commemorate both the opening of Treasure Island, built in 1936-1937 to house San Francisco's airport, and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, completed just a few years earlier. The airport was to be the home of Pan American's China Clippers, which offered the first regular commercial flights from North America to Asia. The GGIE celebrated the Bay Area's recovery from the 1906 earthquake that destroyed most of San Francisco, and its growing status as a major industrial, trade, and cultural center on the Pacific Rim. Thus, the theme of the Exposition was "Pacific Unity." Many of the nations bordering the Pacific offered exhibits, and the architecture and sculpture were designed to be a modern synthesis of Pacific art styles.
Huff's most visible works at the GGIE were the four statues surrounding the central Tower of the Sun, representing Science, Agriculture, Industry, and Art. In addition to these and other monumental works of sculpture, Huff also created several sculptures, bas-reliefs, and dioramas for UCMP's exhibit at the Exposition. Two examples of his dioramas are pictured below click on any photo below for an enlarged view.
The whereabouts of the sculptures shown on this page is unknown it is likely that they were destroyed. The only known surviving sculputure of Huff's from the paleontological exhibit is a horned antelope head, currently housed at UCMP.
If you are interested in learning more about the Golden Gate International Exposition and its architecture and art, visit the Museum of the City of San Francisco or consult some of the following resources:
Originally created by P. David Polly, 12/3/93. All photos from the UCMP archives.
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