Lithuania

A Mixture of Tradition and Progress to Avoid becoming a Drop in the Ocean

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The Lithuania Pavilion was composed of a series of walkways symbol of the passage from tradition to innovation. Laid out in two rooms, the first represented the traditional and historical part of Lithuania, and the second its modernity and development. The theme of equilibrium between past and present was also visible in the small square outdoors where the Country’s logo recalled the colors of typical Lithuanian costumes, and therefore its tradition, while the modern style of the Pavilion reflected the nation’s prospect for the future. The exposition began with a drop of water. Water is an element that no man can do without and a symbol of life and energy. The sculpture of the droplet therefore provided the very energy of the Pavilion, running along the walkways along side the visitors.

The room of tradition, plunging visitors deep into history, and not only that of Lithuania
Entering the first room, a presentation in Italian and English presented the Country, specifying its position within the European continent and illustrating its territorial and administrative characteristics. Here we could already see that the Pavilion was decorated with mysterious symbols and ancient traditional ornaments that anthropologists are still trying to interpret. For now, all we know is that some represent flowers, others the sun, the cosmos, and the cycle of the year. In the first room, several videos displayed the beauty of the Lithuanian countryside, while a sphere in the center of the room symbolized a seed powered by the energy flows generated by the drop of water. The sphere was the main attraction in this part of the Pavilion and it was here that the visitor discovered the historical links of Lithuanian food with various Countries, including Italy, Spain, Greek and even the United States, shared through videos, information cards and interactive games. Behind the seed, several show cases hosted a selection of artifacts from the most important museums of the capital, Vilnus, including the first fork which reached Lithuania from Italy.

To achieve progress, we need a seed that will germinate
A walkway took us to the second exhibition room, where the seed of tradition had generated a blossoming meadow which surrounded the visitor. An explosion of energy that revived the Country’s traditions and traces its path to progress. There was an area available for tasting sessions and for the promotion of tourism with with eight screens displaying the Lithuanian landscape and the developments in the field of research in the agro-food sector and the businesses of Lithuania. The final part of the pavilion offered an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions and a small store selling typical Lithuanian products, then the walkway continued onto the restaurant area outside the Pavilion, where events and artistic performances were held.

 

 

Discover the Lithuania Pavilion in the Expo Milano 2015 archive