The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet.
The area occupied by the Expo 2015 covers an area of 1.1 km2. Each of the 145 participating countries is hosted in a self-built pavilion.
I have picked out some details of the pavilions that I have been to:
Vietnam - Water and Lotus
The lotus flower is widespread in Vietnam, growing from the mud and expressing a disarming beauty with a capacity for purifying the water in which it thrives. Water is the most important element in the world for the nourishment and life of all living things, yet in reality, it is threatened by the effects of pollution, overfishing and waste.
Israel - The Fields of Tomorrow
Inside Israel’s pavilion, which covers a total area of 2,369 square meters, thanks to the best tools and methods of edutainment, the visitor is instantly immersed in a powerful visual experience that illustrates a wonderful journey through its agricultural engineering with a look into the future of mankind.
Germany - Fields of Ideas
The “Fields of Ideas” are reflected in the architecture – evoking Germany’s distinctive field and meadow landscapes – in the form of a gently rising landscape level. One of the pavilion’s key design elements are stylised plants that grow as “Idea Seedlings” from the exhibition level to the surface, where they unfold into a large canopy of leaves.
The Largest Open Space of the Area
Located at the northernmost point of the Cardo, is the Lake Arena. This pond, which is approximately 90 meters wide, is encircled by a seating area, bordered by around 100 trees, placed in three concentric circles, and accommodates approximately 3,000 people.
The bottom of the pond is filled with dark pebbles to create a mirror effect. At the center of the pond there are fountains and the Tree of Life. During the day the three and a half minute show takes place every hour.
If you are close by - go have a look at the expo, it is worth the visit.