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The Trylosphere is a small, copper sculpture found inside the 1952 Box. The sculpture dates back to 1962. The Trylosphere evokes two iconic structures of The 1939 New York World’s Fair, The Trylon and Perisphere.

The Trylon and The Perisphere are iterations of architectural motifs that have been intrinsic to World’s Fair design for decades and the history of art and architecture for much, much longer. Neither The Trylon nor The Perisphere exists today. They were both scrapped during World War II so their material could be used to make armaments.


At first glance, you might think “The Trylosphere” is simply a symbolic model of The Trylon and Perisphere, and a rather crude one at that. But there are some notable differences. For starters, the proportions are all wrong, with either the copper spire being too big or the copper sphere being to small, depending on your perspective.

And then there is the cord and its bizarre six-prong plug, suggesting that “The Trylosphere” is actually an electrical appliance. Another label on the protective sheath includes a pictogram that shows the ball levitating above the point of the spire. There’s also a code of dots and dashes – instruction, perhaps, for how to activate the Trylosphere.

Function & UseEdit

According to Futurologist David Nix, in the bloopers of the aborted Science-Factual program, The World Of Tomorrow Science Hour, the Trylosphere, and other similar Trylospheres, would be the first step in the eventual replacement of crude fossil fuels with clean, efficient energy.

The Trylospheres functioned in a similar manner as Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower, in that it collected, harvested, and transmitted free, electro-magnetic energy wirelessly "from the very atoms that surround us."

The Monitor was an attempt to make Trylospheres on a much larger scale.