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Ceylon - Expo Montreal 1967

Ceylon at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967
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Architect(s) : V. Kandavel

The Ceylon Pavilion at the 1967 World and International Exhibition was inspired by the style of the 16th century Kandy Court House.

Constructed of steel, concrete, teak wood, copper and bronze, the building has three floors and is accessed from the top floor. The roof is illuminated at night. The outer wall of the first floor is made of wood inlaid with copper and bronze. Another outer wall, decorated with a bas-relief by Wimalasena Dias, depicts the Kandy Perahera, a famous Sinhalese festival. Another wall is decorated with a glass roof by the artist George Keyt, illustrating the agricultural life of the country. Inside, the most important display on the top floor is a mural by 15-year-old artist Senaka Senanayake. On the ground floor, an eight-foot-high bronze statue of a standing Buddha by the talented sculptor Tissa Ranasinghe dominates the exhibits.

The theme of the Ceylon pavilion illustrates Ceylon's international role, including the influence of its cultural activity and its relationship with Canada.

The displays include art, batik, handicrafts, a model of a tea plantation and a collection of precious and semi-precious stones.

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