International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Morocco

Morocco at the Exhibition Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

Water, light and colour. Three essential elements in Muslim art and in the perspective expressed by Morocco in a capital that has combined these concepts to perfection. The visitor is confronted with lavishly decorated doors that give him a taste of the richness of the interior. It consists of two radically different spaces, separated by an interior façade of columns, arcades and crosspieces that filter the light. The main thread of the exhibition is made up of three elements: a 16-metre high waterfall through which the water flows to the gutter or 'seguia' before finally reaching a pool or 'mhenchia'. In the space that welcomes the visitor, there is a garden with an avenue of palm trees that leads to the waterfall, located at the back of the marquee. The channel that runs through it ends in the second space in which the pool is located, around which the rest of the exhibition is structured. The Moroccan tent also has a souk and a café offering a wide variety of local products. These two atmospheres are more intimate and warm than the exhibition spaces. The wood of the doors, with their coffered panels, the crosspieces and the roofs of the building, which filter the light, should be noted, as well as the ceramic in terracotta and glazed pieces, used to cover the walls and the decorative sources.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008