International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands at the Exhibition Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

A sea dotted with islands. A radiant sun and a starry sky follow each other endlessly to represent the alternation between day and night. And then a serene and captivating crossing using the natural elements used by the inhabitants of the South Pacific, known as 'wayfinding'. This is the suggestion of the Pacific Islands pavilion: Solomon Islands. Kingdom of Tonga, Republic of Vanuatu. Republic of Palau and the Democratic Republic of East Timor, who have created a joint proposal resulting in a sensational journey through the Pacific. The public will discover 'Kava', a drink extracted from the root of a shrub that is the object of an ancestral rite. Tales, myths and legends introduce the visitor to the oral tradition of these countries, while the videos project a contemporary vision. An outrigger dugout canoe moves on your waves while the seabed gives a glimpse of your coral reefs. Visitors discover the existence of fresh water in the South Seas. The crater of the volcano on the island of Tofua in the Tonga archipelago is a spectacular receptacle for rainwater. Lake Siwi, born on the ashes of the Yasur volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu, disappeared in the year 2000 after torrential rains.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008