Monday, July 12, 2010

Expo 2010: Italy Pavilion

Theme: City of Man

The Italy Pavilion is located along the river near the No.8 entrance, on the west side of Zone C, adjacent to the UK Pavilion.

The structure is made up of 20 separate functional irregularly-shaped modules that can be assembled into smaller structures.  The modules represent Italy's 20 regions and their diversity of cultures and compatibility.  The building is made of a cutting-edge material known as transparent concrete, and visitors can look through into the adjacent modules.
The structure is inspired by the childhood game "Pickup Sticks," which in Italy is known as "Shanghai." Seen from above, the pavilion resembles the start of one of these games, where the "sticks" are the separations between each module.

The pavilion embodies a mini Italian city where visitors may feel like they are strolling through narrow streets and courtyards.  Within each module are exhibits of various aspects of the Italian culture, including cuisine, music, fashion, architecture, and art.  Master craftsmen, such as restoration experts, violin makers, tailors, and more, work in a glass-enclosed workshop.

Also being displayed between July and August are the country's various innovations, including a paint that cleans the air by eating smog.

Pictures retrieved from the official World Expo 2010 website.


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