The winning entry to build China’s Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 is a stunning reinterpretation of a public space. Designed in collaboration between Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the duo rejected the notion of a typical pavilion, and instead came up with a structure that resembles billowing fields of wheat. It’s a thoughtful and creative twist on the Expo’s theme, “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life.” According to the architects, the 5,000-square-meter space entitledLand of Hope is centered around the idea that, “hope can be realized when nature and the city exist in harmony.”
The Pavilion’s floating roof plays a large role in capturing the spirit of the Expo. Conceptually, the undulating form merges the city skyline to the building’s north with the natural landscape to the south. It’s designed as a timber structure that references the raised-beam system found in traditional Chinese architecture, and is clad in bamboo shingled panels to reference the country’s terracotta roof construction.
Inside, there will be exhibitions and cultural offerings from the 40 Chinese provinces. The centerpiece of it all is the “field of hope,” a multimedia installation that’s a landscape of LED “stalks” meant to mimic the form of wheat. After visitors have taken in the Pavilion’s sights, sounds, and short films, they can stand on a raised platform outside and enjoy the expansive views of the Expo’s grounds.
25-year-old German artist Gesine Marwedel is a body Art illustration artist. From flamingo to iguana, she can turn people into any animal using special paint that is not harmful to the body of her models.
Gesine is certified in rehabilitation science, and after working in an orphanage in India for several years she is now a speech therapist. Besides body painting, the young woman does hennapainting, wallpaining and paintings on canvas, switching between realism and surrealism in her work. Gesine admits that what she loves about bodypainting is how it helps people rediscover their beauty. Sounds like a good kind of therapy as well!
More from Elena Romanova
Watercolor artist Elena Romanova creates simple yet elegant cityscapes of the world’s largest cities where she creatively portrays their well known sights and symbols.
The artist ingeniously mixes and matches colors giving a more lively look at already familiar panoramas of cities such as London, New York or Paris. Blending colors and inter-flowing scenery give a sublime and aesthetic impression of concrete horizons, and the famous landmarks such as the Eiffel tower, the Statue of Liberty or London Eye make the paintings easily recognizable.
Elena’s artwork is also available on etsy as prints at very appealing prices. High quality duplicates make great gifts or noticeable home decor elements.