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Ethiopia - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Ethiopia at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

Ethiopia links water to the different calendars and religions that its inhabitants follow. For this reason, this African country brings to Zaragoza the three chronograms it knows: the Ethiopian, the Muslim and the Gregorian, in a room with a calendar projected on the wall. The graphic is made of vertical lines that divide the room into days and a series of projections on the wall indicate the change of seasons and the relationship with water. The walls offer different sets of colours, depending on which season the calendar is in at any given time. In the centre of the pavilion is a cylinder, a metaphor for the source of life. Water, as an indispensable element in religions (baptism, ablutions). The integration of religions is manifested by a large Coptic cross and a half moon, which is reflected in a font. Ethiopia brings some of its wonders, such as a replica of Lucy, an australopithecus that lived in the country five million years ago, as well as some of the country's great religious buildings. Of course, the images of some of the country's emblematic natural phenomena, such as the Nile waterfalls or the lakes and the Rift Valley.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008