Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Expo 2010: USA Pavilion

Theme: Rise to the Challenge

The United States Pavilion is located near the No. 8 entrance, on the southwest side of Zone C, adjacent to the Brazil pavilion.

The gray steel structure of the USA Pavilion is meant to resemble an eagle with outstretched wings welcoming visitors.  The exhibit tells the story of the American spirit of perseverance, innovation, and community-building, presenting the US as a place of opportunity and diversity, where people come together to change their communities for the better.  The exhibition shows that America will "Rise to the Challenge" of creating environmentally sustainable communities, engaging in a healthy lifestyle using technology to improve people's lives.

The pavilion showcases American businesses and technology, as well as culture and values, to foster a stronger friendship between the American and Chinese peoples.  Polls among the Chinese show that the US Pavilion will be the most frequently visited after China's national pavilion.

One of the last participants to sign up for the Expo, the US struggled to raise the funds needed to build the pavilion; however, Hillary Clinton's personal intervention and fund-raising network helped reach the $61million needed, with approximately 60 corporations sponsoring the pavilion. 

Visitors can enjoy various multimedia shows as well as live performances.  The main show, entitled "The Garden," tells the story of a young girl who creates a closer community by inspiring her neighbors to work together to turn a blighted lot into a neighborhood garden.  It is shown in 4D, with vibrating seats, lightning, and mist.

Pictures retrieved from the official World Expo 2010 website.


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