Feeding the Planet. Energy for life.
For the second time in the history of the city, the first one was during the beginning of the twentieth century (1906), Milan hosts the World Exposition: almost all the Countries around the world present their excellence, their researches and proposals on how to feed the Planet in the future.
What to see?
First of all, only one day is not enough.
We are in Italy and the Rho Fiera site is structured according to the traditional plan of the Cardo and Decumano, two avenues that cross themselves in a central square; in the antiquity that was the basic structure of the Roman cities.
Along the Decumano, the longer way, there are the pavillions from all over the world: you can switch from Brazil to Nepal, Vietnam … and beyond…
…the Cardo, which is about 350 meters, welcomes the proposal of Italy with all its regional stand.
At the end of the street you can see the fabulous Tree of life, the artwork by Marco Balich, whose roots are in the middle of Lake Arena; it is the symbol of the Italy Pavilion, its foliage is inspired by Michelangelo and it lights up following the sound of music, giving great emotions.
Starting from where?
From Divinus halitus terrae… the Zero Pavilion, which welcomes visitors at the entrance. It is a huge archive designed by Michele De Lucchi and made by Giancarlo Basili, which wants to tell the story of human food and to explain the United Nations challenge for a sustainable world.
The first room is really an archive, it is very impressive for its size: here, in the several drawers, the memory of the rites and practices of nutrition are preserved. A large tree goes beyond the ceiling, to symbolize the supremacy of nature over man.
Moreover, there are plexiglass containers that keeps seeds from around the world.
Then… a whole room dedicated to animals, the other one for the agricultural utensils and a huge mill. Here you can enter in a large vase surrounded by amphoras that symbolize the conservation and the transportation of food. This is the history of hunting, farming and agriculture, and then a plastic about 320 meters shows the food industrialization: how man has modified the environment to produce food.
You go ahead into the Stok Exchange Room: the digital wall displays to the public the steady stream of food’s consumption… It is impossible not to see the hill made of scraps.
Finally a hopeful look for the future… but you have to see it with your eyes!