UK-based electro pop singer Marina Diamandis, known as her stage name, Marina And The Diamonds, put on an eclectic performance of 15 songs with a 2 song encore in the famous Great Hall in the New York Hall of Science in Corona, NY. Just 350 lucky fans got to see this intimate performance where she performed hits such as “How to be a Heartbreaker,” “Primadonna,” as well as songs from her most recent album Froot.
Marina Diamandis, known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer and songwriter self described as an “indie artist with pop goals.” Marina, who is best known for her eclectic costumes and sound, dedicated the ‘Diamonds’ in her stage name to her fervent and passionate fanbase. Her first album, The Family Jewels, debuted in 2010 and entered the UK album charts at number 5. Her follow-up album Electra Heart, released in 2012, became her first number-one project in the UK. The lead single “Primadonna” stands as her highest-charting track in the country after reaching number 11. She released her latest album Froot in April 2015, and continues to be her highest charting album to date.
The Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science has been described by Rolling Stone as suggesting “convulsive ripples in time and space.” It was built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair by architect Wallace K. Harrison, who said he was simply looking for a new way to build a wall. His “wall” rises nearly 100-ft high and undulates in ten curved sections. The façade contains more than 5,400 concrete panels, each containing an array of stained glass that was faceted by hand and then hung on hooks inlaid within the cast-in-place structure. This technique is called dale de verre (from French: slab of glass). The glass casts an ethereal glow that Harrison hoped would simulate the feelings a person would have “when he really experiences the joy of pure space.” The Great Hall is an iconic example of the Space Age exuberance of the era in which it was created. Today, it is the museum’s feature gallery, hosting the groundbreaking exhibition Connected Worlds, an immersive environment where you explore the interconnectedness of ecosystems and see how individual actions have broad impacts.
Photography courtesy of Taylor Hill