A Walk Through Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park, Coney Island

We made it to a third of our Kickstarter goal yesterday! Keep if coming folks! Coney Island Scan-A-Rama won’t happen without YOU! A huge round of thanks to everyone who’s backed so far and please keep telling your friends! We’re still looking for big ticket backers who want to throw the party of the 21st century and have 3D figurines made of all their guests. If you know party planners, someone putting on Bar or Bat Mitzvas, corporate event organizers or sports team owners who might be interested in our big reward, please let us know or send them on over to our Kickstarter page today!

Scan-A-Rama is starting to get picked up by a bunch of news sources- both in the mainstream media and in the 3D printing circles. A few notable pieces of press this weekend:

So far during the campaign, I’ve spent a lot of my time talking about the 3D scanned portraits, but I wanted to spend some time today talking about the other half of this project: recreating Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park as it stood a hundred years ago. I’ve always been fascinated by the fantasy architecture that Frederic Thompson created for Luna Park. I always think of him as the original postmodern architect- the way he mixed and matched contrasting architectural styles to evoke an other worldy experience. Elements he included drew from a range of inspirations; eastern minarets, pagodas, hindu temples, mediaval fortresses, Venetian palazzos, futuristic warships, renaissance grandeur and fairy tale castles were all part of his artist’s palette. The eyes were kept constantly moving and entertained by the fantasy lunar landscape he created. As night fell the entire city was transformed again as it was lit with over 100, 000 of Edison’s newly invented lightbulbs. Nothing was meant to last- it was all plaster and lath, and the landscape changed every year the park was open.

I’ve been collecting photos and postcards of Luna Park for over 25 years now. In support of Coney Island Scan-A-Rama I’ve begun building a Flickr set of imagery that I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve seeded it with a bunch of photos and postcards, but I’ve got a lot more that are in the process of being scanned and uploaded. I’ve included a map and have attempted to organize them as a walkthrough from the entrance on back to Shoot the Chutes.  See my Flickr set of Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fredini/sets/72157634730208487

The Electric Tower, Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney Island, 1905Luna Park Map Circa 1914?Luna Park, Coney IslandLuna Park, Coney IslandThompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney Island- Entrance circa 1907Luna Park, Coney Island
Luna Park, Coney IslandLuna Park, Coney IslandMain Entrance, Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney Island circa 1914Outside Luna Park EntranceThompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney IslandThompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney Island
Luna Park, Coney IslandTrip to the Moon & 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney IslandTrip to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Dragon's GorgeDragon's Gorge, Luna Park, Coney IslandLuna Park, Coney IslandJapanese Tea House, Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney Island 1905
Thompson & Dundy's Luna Park, Coney IslandLuna Park, Coney IslandPromenade and view back toward the Japanese Gardens and Main Entrance, view circa 1914Main Court Luna Park, Coney Island, circa 1907Promenade and view toward the Main Entrance circa 1020Luna Park, Coney Island

One thought on “A Walk Through Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park, Coney Island

  1. Pingback: Coney Island Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio | The Great Fredini's Cabinet of Curiosities

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s