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Man and his world

Basic unit of the Expo 67 symbol (Left) is an ancient sign representing Man vertical line with outstretched arms linked in pairs to represent friendship with the circle (right) to suggest friendship, around the world. Design by Montreal artist Julien Hébert.

Julien HébertJulien Hébert 1917-1994

Man and his World

The Theme of Expo 67 was inspired by the philosophy of French airman and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as developed in a book widely read across the world of which the English title is...Man and His World.

A group of distinguished Canadian scholars and scientists brought the concept into relationship with plans for the exhibition at a conference in the spring of 1963.

The International Bureau of Exhibitions enthusiastically approved the title Man and His World.

Thus the pattern was set for Expo 67. Every pavilion, in its fashion, relates its presentation to the overall concept of Man and his ideological, cultural and scientific relationship to his environment.

As graphic symbol for this concept, Expo 67 adopted a design that drew its inspiration from one of the oldest known drawing of Man. Eight identical groups of twin figures represent Manking in unity encircling the world.

At the heart of the theme concept - which at Expo 67 is more consistently observed and more consistently far-reaching than was the theme of any previous universal and international exhibition - i a chain of Theme Pavilion. These have been planned by Expo 67 to contains exhibits which explore aspects of the Theme which are of particular importance and interest to all men.

While these Theme Pavilions have been directly promoted by the Expo authorities, many nations and organizations have co-operated by providing exhibit material or otherwise giving their support achieving a unity entirely within the spirit of the Theme.

(Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd )