International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008

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Belgium at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

The water cycle guides the visitor through the Pavilion of Belgium. Just inside the entrance, a moss carpet under a cloudy sky reflects the climate of twelve months in Belgium every twelve minutes. Last, a cave-like atmosphere surprises the visitor as the water that falls on the carpet is collected in a tank. The floor moves and gives the visitor the impression of walking on water. The walls surrounding this scene show the water problems in the country. Different images represent the complete water cycle, from the collection of water in magical places, such as caves, caverns and old quarries, to the filtration of waste water by management, treatment and distribution systems. The work of the Belgian artist and UNESCO ambassador. Jan Fabre, carries a lot of weight in this pavilion. His works 'The Seven Bronze Baths' and 'Tears Sculptures' represent the tense relationship between water, people and society.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008