The Indonesian Pavilion represented a typical Indonesian home, and just like a home, everyone entering was met with a smile. As the visitor passed a screen covered with photos of smiling women and children, the whole interior was revealed, inviting discovery of all the riches it contained. The walls of the Pavilion were covered by a series of panels illustrating various aspects of the country, such as its massive biodiversity and its active policies focused on food security and sustainability. Another important peculiarity of the country is its situation in an eco-region called “The Coral Triangle”, featuring a phenomenal marine biodiversity too. On this subject, the Pavilion displayed a traditional fishermen’s trap, called Bubu, made of wicker or bamboo and vividly evoking the traditional fishing skills of Indonesia.
The Goddess Dewi Sri at the center of the space, a beloved symbol of fertility
To emphasize her importance in Indonesia, a fine statue of the Goddess Dewi Sri stood in the center of the Pavilion: a Princess worshipped by Indonesians as the Goddess of Rice and of Fertility. In the eastern part of the Pavilion visitors could admire the famous and ancient Indonesian puppets called Wayang and the Loro Bonyo, a married couple revered by the population and ever-present in homes as a symbol of good luck. At the far end of the space, visitors had the possibility to undertake a fantastic virtual experience wearing special visual devices which sent them flying over the wonders of the Indonesian landscape as though on board a helicopter. The Pavilion also contained a restaurant where local culinary specialties were served, from chicken curry to rice with coconut milk or spiced aubergine. Outside the main entrance to the Pavilion stood a statue of a Javan rhinoceros, a rare and extremely important member of the Rhinoceros family. At the end of Expo Milano 2015, this sculpture should be donated to the Vatican Museum, as a way of satisfying the desire of King Manuel I of Portugal, who in 1515 shipped an exemplar to Pope Leo X. Unfortunately, the Pope never received the gift, because the animal died in a shipwreck.