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Reunion - Expo Paris 1937

Reunion at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© Halsman
Architect(s) : Adolphe Dervaux

The aesthetic, discreet, refined Creole genius, inspired by the French influence of the 17th and 18th centuries, was manifested in the Reunion pavilion built on an artificial island.

This pavilion was in the taste and style of the Reunionnese, traditionalists like their fathers and grandfathers.

The craftsman had illustrated his decoration with animals and plants from the colony: tree ferns, tropical fruits, countless fish in unexpected shapes.

The outside platform was lined with beds of exotic plants. The water feature reflected palm trees and flamboyant trees.

Inside, the Reunion Island exhibited, with the most original decorative works of the schools, its natural products: live fish, shells, plants, vanillas and processed products: sugar, white rum, jams, preserves.

A library gathered the works of many writers born on this fertile land as well as all the literature that its beauty.

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