Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Expo 2010: France Pavilion

Theme: The Sensual City

The France Pavilion is located along the river in the middle of Zone C, adjacent to the UK Pavilion.


The pavilion features a rooftop garden, ponds, and fountains, with the walls covered in plants and birdsong piped in as well as flowery fragrance wafted in so that visitors may have a true sense of what it feels like to be in France.  The pavilion is covered by a distinctive concrete trellis-like structure.  Couples may choose to tie the knot in one of the French gardens, and one lucky couple will be offered a romantic honeymoon in a French castle.

On display within the pavilion are seven masterpieces on loan from the Musée d'Orsay.  There are six paintings and one sculpture:  "The Angelus" by Jean-Francois Millet, "The Balcony" by Edouard Manet, "The Dance Hall in Arles" by Vincent Van Gogh, "Woman with a Coffee Pot" by Paul Cézanne, "The Box" by Pierre Bonnard, and "The Meal" (also called "Bananas") by Paul Gauguin, and "The Age of Bronze" by August Rodin.

In addition, there will be classic French films being played, and visitors can enjoy delicious French cuisine at "Le Sixieme Sens" (The Sixth Sense) restaurant located within the pavilion.

Pictures retrieved from the official World Expo 2010 website.

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