Moldova was participating in Expo Milano 2015 with a simple pavilion that was highly representative of the characteristics that distinguished the country’s economy and the strength of its people. The project, designed by architect Eugeniu Prodan of the Gorgona studio in Tighina, expressed the theme of Expo Milano 2015 by offering a building that brought to mind a peeled apple, a fruit that symbolizes the beginning of life and life itself.
Let the stars guide you to a discovery of ancient traditions
When a visitor entered the Moldova Pavilion, the journey was shaped by three concepts: constellations, the solar flower and the energy of the Moldovan people. In the first room, the welcome room, two screens told the story of this country as the first constellation shined on the walls of the pavilion. The constellation was an invention of the artist Pavel Braila, who transformed fundamental moments and symbols of Moldovan culture into shining points and lines to form a constellation to attract a visitor’s interest to the most ancient traditions of Moldova. If, in ancient times, visitors used the position of the stars to orient themselves and discover new worlds, a visit to the Moldova Pavilion was guided in the same way by the discovery of the beauties and culture of this Eastern European country. A bride, a farmer, a bunch of grapes, cheese, a stork – each constellation symbolizes a basic element of the nation.
Solar energy, the force of the past and the future
The solar flower shined through the metal and glass shell of the Moldova Pavilion, releasing with its rays, the energy so important to the country’s economy. Moldova is an agricultural country, and for decades grape growing has been the main source of sustenance and work for the Moldovan population. Because of this, solar energy was celebrated in each of the thousand dots of light reflected by the solar flower. In the main room, the visitor came in contact with the third concept of the pavilion: the welcoming Moldovan culture. Here, in addition to paintings by Vasile Botnaru done with wine and coffee, visitors were swept away by the beauty of the Joc, the traditional Moldovan dance brought to life by Pavel Braila and projected on the largest walls of the pavilion. To conclude the visit, nothing could have been more appropriate than some typical food of this country, even better if it was sampled in the shade of the Moldova Pavilion’s garden.