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United Kingdom Pavilion


United Kingdom Pavilion

THEME: Building on the Past, Shaping Our Future

PAVILION: The United Kingdom has brought to Expo visitors a new version of the Crystal Palace – a dazzling cube formed by more than 60,000 slim and transparent acrylic rods containing seeds of different plants that were collected in the Kew Millennium Seed Bank biodiversity project with special assistance by the Kumming Botany Institute in China. This Seed Cathedral sits on a platform that is built to resemble wrapping paper that has just been opened. The effect is of a beautiful gift on Christmas morning.

United Kingdom Pavilion

EXHIBIT: Visitors first enter the Pavilion through the Green City Walkway, meant to illustrate the importance of green spaces to British cities like Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and London. On the walls of the Pavilion, maps of these cities illustrate just how much green space is already in each city. From here, they will enter the Open City Walkway, which gives the impression of sunlight, clouds and rain, ever-present elements in any city. On the roof of the walkway will be a typical city laid out with clear acrylic buildings, depicting the traditional elements of a British city, including a High Street and industrial district. Special fixtures located between the acrylic buildings will project “raindrops” of light onto the floor of the walkway and, occasionally, a rainbow as well.

United Kingdom Pavilion

Visitors will next enter the Seed Cathedral itself, where they will be able to see the seeds close up and feel the sense of awe at discovering what comes from these tiny vessels of life. Embedded light sources in the acrylic rods will allow the Cathedral to glow in a variety of colors. The rods will shimmer in the breeze, creating a unique and exciting visual effect that will be among the most striking at Expo. Exiting the Cathedral, visitors will pass along the Living City Walkway which embodies the importance of plants in the urban environment. Real plants as well as imaginary plants that we might one day see in the future line the walkway on a simulated riverbank. Stations along the walkway discuss the importance of plants in biofuels, soil conservation, noise reduction and medicines, among other uses. Legacy Corner offers a preview of the 2012 Olympic Games which will be held in London. The plans for Olympic Park are meant to be the start of a neighborhood revitalization that is being planned in a green and efficient manner. The final stop is the Urban Park, the wrapping paper area around the Seed Cathedral. Here will be performances of theatrical troupes and musical groups, sporting exhibitions and other exhibitions meant to draw the urban environment together to experience and enjoy.

United Kingdom Pavilion

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

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