International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Switzerland

Switzerland at the Exhibition Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

Immerse yourself in the lakes. That's what Switzerland is offering to those who visit its tent. The key element is a large sail which is sprayed with water and which acts as a projection screen, it is also part of the air conditioning system which consumes less energy. The viewer ventures into a changing virtual landscape, first submerging into a pool from which he or she can admire the different aquatic lifestyles, then rising to the surface and everything changes. A person moves through the water, his body and skin reacting to the behaviour of the liquid element, thus accentuating the changes in atmosphere. In the second part of the exhibition, visitors enter an abstract Swiss waterscape, in which it is possible to intervene interactively. From a water reservoir on the roof, rivers flow through transparent tubes, which join to form lakes, they continue to flow and then flow into the three large border lakes. Other lagoons with stagnant water line the course of the river and it is possible for us at this moment to know the circumstances that cause the water problems. Each lake has a lever that the visitor can pull, as if it were a flush, and thus access information about the problem and its solutions.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008