8. November 2013
Monuments, museums, stadiums, and other must-see landmarks pepper the American landscape, standing as reminders of U.S. ingenuity, history, and culture. And while hordes of visitors enjoy these sights every year, some might never realize the technologies and components that make each location possible and special.
Glass, for instance, plays a variety of roles in a wide range of landmarks, from center stage in architectural design and energy production to nearly invisible in displays and exhibits. Whether it catches the eye or merely facilitates the main attraction, glass is at the heart of many national landmarks.
To help travelers recognize the many uses of glass all around them, we compiled an East to West Coast glass travel guide that highlights some of the biggest American travel destinations featuring SCHOTT glass technology. Here’s our SCHOTT North America — and beyond — glass travel guide, presenting 12 must-see destinations that feature SCHOTT products.
New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The first stop on our coast-to-coast SCHOTT tour is the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s most significant art collections. The Chinese gallery, which houses a wide collection of ancient Chinese relics, is displayed in more than 135 showcases, all glazed with SCHOTT AMIRAN anti-reflective glass to help reduce glare and UV light.
New York City: Empire State Building
From the Met, wander downtown and visit the Empire State Building. The building is the second tallest in NYC and offers spectacular views. Visiting after sunset adds to the spectacle because more than 208 spotlights illuminate the building. The glass used in the spotlights is BOROFLOAT borosilicate glass from SCHOTT.
New York City: Statue of Liberty
Our last NYC stop is the Statue of Liberty. Hop a ferry to Liberty Island and take a tour of Lady Liberty herself. While you’re there, make sure to catch a peek of the inner-workings of the statue. A glass ceiling made of AMIRAN anti-reflective glass offers a clear view of the inside of the statue.
Washington, D.C.: The National Archives
Next, head south to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. After touring the White House and wandering through the Smithsonian, check out the National Archives. Here you’ll find the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights all housed behind AMIRAN anti-reflective glass, giving visitors an unobstructed view of our nation’s history.
Knoxville, Tennessee: Thompson-Boling Arena
Moving west, take a pit-stop in Knoxville, Tennessee, home to the University of Tennessee. It’s not basketball season, so why not catch a game at Thompson-Boling Arena, home of the UT basketball team and the largest facility in the U.S. constructed specifically for basketball. Spectators are treated to a perfect view of the court thanks to the non-reflective AMIRAN glass fall barriers.
Chicago: 111 South Wacker Drive
From Knoxville, head to the Windy City. Chicago’s skyline is modern and sleek, and among the most prominent buildings is 111 South Wacker Drive. The 51-story skyscraper rests upon a glass atrium glazed with AMIRAN anti-reflective glass, which renders the lobby invisible so that the building appears to be floating in air.
Las Vegas: Nevada Solar One
Next, turn west and roll into Las Vegas. Las Vegas is known for its nightlife, but after you visit the Strip, we recommend checking out Nevada Solar One. The solar thermal power plant is made up of SCHOTT receivers and produces enough energy to power more than 15,000 American households annually.
San Bernardino, California: Big Bear Solar Observatory
Keeping with the solar theme, let’s move west to San Bernardino, California and the Big Bear Solar Observatory. The observatory is the world’s largest solar observation instrument. Its mirror blank was produced with ZERODUR glass-ceramic from SCHOTT and helps astronomers view the surface of the sun.
*Photo credit: Big Bear Solar Observatory
Livermore, California: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Just east of San Francisco in Livermore, California, you’ll find the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The lab functions as the nation’s national safety laboratory, and is home to the world’s most powerful laser. The light for the neodymium glass laser is amplified by thousands of glass plates developed by SCHOTT.
San Francisco: San Francisco Zoo
Our mainland U.S. tour ends in San Francisco at the San Francisco Zoo, where the Australian Walkabout Exhibit is one of the main attractions. The exhibit features native Australian animals, such as kangaroos and koalas. The animals are safely displayed behind AMIRAN glass, giving visitors unobstructed views.
The Island of Hawaii, Hawaii: Keck I and Keck II
Next, catch a flight to the Island of Hawaii, the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and host to Keck I and Keck II, one of the world’s largest twin optical telescopes. The telescopes’ mirrors are made up of ZERODUR glass-ceramic that helps give astronomers a clear, accurate view of the cosmos.
Our last destination is where the real adventure begins — when you leave behind the U.S. and Earth for the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility and Neil Armstrong took his first step on the Moon. The historic moment was captured using cameras that housed SCHOTT optical glass lenses. The story goes that the astronauts left behind one of these cameras, meaning SCHOTT glass remains there to this day. If you ever visit the moon, keep your eyes peeled for the missing camera.
There you have it, a coast-to-coast-to-moon tour according to SCHOTT. Next time you’re on a trip, keep an eye out for the glass and other components that make so many landmarks possible. And for other SCHOTT destinations, check out the SCHOTT travel guide, which highlights locations around the globe that feature SCHOTT products.