Economic Progress Pavilion
Thirty aluminum pylons, rising 40 feet into the air, draw the visitor's attention to the Pavilion of Economic Progress on ile Notre-Dame near the Expo-Express station.
When the visitors approaches the pavilion, he is intrigued by a huge 160-ft-round rotating fiber glass storywall. Colored graphics about the companies responsible for the pavilion form a multi-image fresco, completely intelligible only when seen from the inside.
Audiences of 150 people hear about the contribution to Canadian life of the pavilion's participants from life-size animated puppets. The rotating wall then becomes an illustrated back-drop for the story of competitive enterprise.
While remaining seated, the audience is moved by a large turntable through the rotating wall into a seconf theater, where the basic principles of economics are told in an interesting and educational way with the aid of multiple color projection.
Individual exhibits of the participanting companies feature special animation, projection devices, bilingual explanations and design.
The sponsoring companies represent many Canadian industries.
( Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd. )
TMan and is World in 1969 - Canada - Latin America
The striking contrasts which mark the nations on the continent and a half stretching from Mexico southwards to the tip of Tierra dek Fuego are highlighted in this pavilion. An immense Maxican painting of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Latin-America's patron saint, greets the visitor. Next, he comes to a sign that reads: "Twenty countries welcome you" a welcome underlined by the reproduction of a coffee bar, symbolizing the traditional hospitality of that part of the world.
On stage, brightly-costumed performers show the music and dances of the various countries represented. The show changes each week. Further on is the front of a house of well-to-do people and, right beside it, a novel mad of oil drums set againts the backdrop of the outline of several skyscrapers. The presence of flowers at the door of the shack emphasizes the contrast.
The pavilion recall the Aztec and Inca civilizatons, with the reproduction of a pyramide. The evolution of the region is traced, with special emphasis on the ancient cities and on the many revolutions. Anotehr section looks at life in Latin-America in the 20th century, the great accomplishments and the social needs, and the men who have left their mark on its history in recent years.
(Man and his world 1969 - Official Guide - published by the city of Montreal)