EXPO Astana 2017
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Greece Greece:

FOCUS ON THE COUNTRY

Capital: Athens

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic

Official Languages: Greek

Inhabitants Number: 11000000

Expo Commissioner: Ilias Xanthakos

Pavilion informations: The Hellenic Pavilion symbolically represents the broad horizon of the Greek archipelago, prompting the visitor both intellectually and practically to embark on a "journey" to discover the range of possibilities offered by Greek "nature." In the lobby, the Greek participation welcomes the visitors providing the first impression of the Exhibition’s Greek atmosphere. The characteristic feature of the main exhibition is a wooden “promenade” that lies as a “ribbon” over the blue painted floor, symbolically referring to a dock or a shoreline perceived either as lying on the sea or as a symbolic coastline next to it. Following a timeline along the main pathway, the visitors are initially informed about the history of energy use in Greece; from the use of pollutant energy sources (lignite and its consequences on health as well as smog’s effects on the ancient monuments as an actual threat against civilization itself) accompanied by a sociological photo documentation that validate the initial need for their use, through to the presentation of the attempt to gradually reduce these pollutants and at the same time, increase the environmental awareness, toward the vision of reestablishing the traditional “pure Greek nature”. The broken-line shape of this path creates differentiated spaces to the perimeter of the available shell, where under various “Greek titles” particular characteristics of the Greek nature (“people”, “architecture”, “wind”, “food”, “sea”, “culture” etc.) Inside the promenade a central space (alike a “maritime square”) is formed, where visitors are informed about Greece’s attempt to restore archetypical values through political and commercial prospects and actions, counterpointing the natural energy potential, presented on the right hand side of the path, focusing on the Expo 2017, Nr. 4 point of view (innovative enterprising spaces, technological markets, commercial opportunities, entrepreneurship), always orientated towards the preservation maintenance of what constitutes quality of life in Greece. The experiential element of the exhibition is culminated with the installation of a virtual reality’s environment, where visitors can compactly experience the potential that Greece’s nature elements entail and that the country so generously offers, beginning from the observation of a typical sunset lying on a Greek beach. The thematic cycle ends with a reference to artists who have consciously integrated the wind, water and light to in their sculptures. Elements containing Greek colors that produce sounds with the blowing of the wind and/or sea waves that reflect light accordingly. Movement as dynamic evolution and change.