A rural landscape that conveys the feel of the vastness, the colors, and scents of rice fields, greets visitors as they begin their journey into the world of rice. One of the first cereals to be cultivated by humankind, rice has since spread worldwide, far beyond its early origins in the valleys of China.
A sensory experience for all, this Cluster takes its cue from the ancient spice trade routes, evoking the exotic aromas and colors of distant lands and seas. The maps that led to the discovery of, and trade in, new sources of spices are a highlight of this journey.
The Mediterranean Sea unites Europe, Africa and Asia and is a melting pot of peoples, histories, civilizations and environments. The image of the sea within the Cluster is conveyed by a floor in many shades of blue, recalling the colors of the sea that embraces the countries hosted in this Cluster.