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The Javits Convention Center is an easy Metal Earth model consisting of just 11 pieces on two sheets of metal. It measures 3.82" x 2.89" x 0.82" (9.8 x 7.4 x 2.1 cm) when assembled.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.
Are you curious...?
The odds are pretty good that you've been among the 2.5 million annual visitors to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center since it opened in 1986. Designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, it's the busiest convention center in the US and houses most of the biggest trade shows.
So who was Jacob K. Javits? "Jack" Javits was a US senator from New York from 1957-1981. Before that he served in the House of Representatives and as New York's attorney general. As a youngster in the tenements of New York City, Jacob got a first-hand view of political corruption watching his father work as a ward heeler for Tammany Hall, prompting the young lawyer to reject his Democratic roots and become an heir to Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Republicanism. Even in those more civil times, liberal Republicans were rare. Out of step with the majority of his party, Javits worked tirelessly at the margins and was especially proud of creating the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1958, Javits predicted in Esquire Magazine that the US would elect an African-American president by 2000.
In addition to the convention center, a federal building and a State University of New York lecture hall are named for Javits.