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Man, his Planet and Space

This is one of the most ambitious and fascinating of all the pavilion directly inspired by Expo's theme of Man and his Wolrd.

The treatment of Man, his Planet and Space is sophisticated but not complicated. It recognizes the impressive advance of Man the Explorer. At the same time it keeps the world in perspective before the immensity of space, with the reminder that Man is still a pioneer. Relativaly , Man the Explorer is still exploring his own back yard.

Man and his Environment:

In each division information is presented so as to emphasize Man's use of the part of jis environment, the effect of this environment factor on Man and his role in changing the nature of this environment. An endeavor is made to show the impact of this relationship between man and planet on the visitor's everyday life.

On the mechanics and practice of space travel there is relatively little emphasis, for it receives generous treatment in appropriate national pavilion.

The story begins with a graphic summary of content, and poses some of the questions Man at Expo has probably asked himself some time or other. For instance, do atomic exposions change the weather?

After the introduction, visitors see a 12 minute film dealing with the story of man and his environment. The film poses no problem of language. It uses sound to match sight, but not words. It's impact is universal.

In the Earth:

After the film, a dimly lit hall introduces the In the Earth section. Man Who has lived in caves now extracts from tunnels he has made the substance of our civilization. Minerals, it will be shown, are beautiful as well as useful: the exhibit is a fascinating fairyland.

The history of exploration of the earth, its scale, a diagram of the interior, a large-scale model hemisphere - The Earth Machine - all reveal what lies inside the dynamic earth. These are some of the major exhibit elements.

On and Above the Earth:

From the drakness of the interior of the earth, visitors emerge to the full light of the On the Earth display.

Man's racial scope will be shown, with the conclusion that differences are superficial and that it is the sameness of Man which is significant.

The third section is devoted to Above the Earth, with planets to scale phosphorescent against a black ceiling spread, with display on the sun and solar systems and on the earth's motions and their effect on life.

Film will be used to record Man's advance into space. To contrast with rocket launching and space walking, a science fiction sequence of half a century ago will recall that today's actuality was yesterday's fantasy.

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

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