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Kaleidoscope at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967
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Architect(s) : Institute of Design, Waterloo & Irving Grossman

The pavilion is circular in shape, 95 feet in diameter and 25 feet high. It is surrounded by 112 slats of colour in the light spectrum, so that visitors passing by have the impression that the whole building is made of shifting hues. The theme of the presentation is "Man and Colour" and the exhibits are intended to demonstrate the physical and psychological influence of colour on the human being.

Entering the pavilion, one can imagine oneself in a kaleidoscope. In the three rooms that follow one another after the entrance hall and that lead back to the exit, circling the central core where the administrative and technical services are housed, the visitor, in 12 minutes, goes through the complete cycle of the day, from dawn to dusk. This is an integral application of polychromy, underlined by a polyphonic accompaniment, which marks the relationship between music and colours.

In the first room, we are first plunged into total darkness, before witnessing the sunrise from the infinite horizon. In the next room, the luminosity becomes more intense, the colours more vivid and varied. Amplified by a set of mirrors, the images are coloured with bright tones whose range is as wide as the various tensions that characterise modern life. In the last room, spherical images present the sumptuous colours of the setting sun.

The Kaleidoscope is the work of six major chemical companies: CIL, Chemcell, Cyanamid, Dow Chemical, Shawini-gan Chemicals and Union Carbide.

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