Monday, September 15, 2008

Expo Zaragoza 2008. The "The World of Ice" Exhibition closed their doors

Yesterday September 14th at 20:00 pm the Expo Zaragoza Closing Ceremony was held at the Conference Centre. It was arranged by Calvari 13 (Joan Lluis Bozzo), a company devoted to producing events and shows with a broad experience in the artistic sector. The Closing Firework Show "Los Paisajes del Río" took place on the Ebro banks.
The Aramón Leitner Cable Car and "The World of Ice" Exhibition were opened to the public on June 14th, the day when the International Expo Zaragoza 2008 opens its doors. A ride in the cable car was a unique journey that boasts the best views over the Expo and the city of Zaragoza.
The Cable Car ticket also included admission to "The World of Ice" Exhibition. Following the success of his ‘Yeti, Mount and Mystery” exhibition at Expo Hanover 2000, which received over 2.5 million visitors, Aramón and Leitner invited Reinhold Messner to create a new exhibition especially for Expo Zaragoza 2008. He currently works in the Messner Mountain Museum, a unique mountain museum project comprised of five themes which complete "the mosaic of what mountains mean to mankind".
The exhibition revolves around snow and ice. Some 86% of our planet’s fresh water reserves are stored in a solid state. This ice is our most valuable reserve to ensure our survival. Ice has always played an essential role in religion, traditions, literature, the arts and even music: as a myth, creator and destroyer of life, metaphor and symbol, magnificent natural spectacle, the conquered territory of Polar Regions, as a fascinating and threatening element, in the mountains as the home of the gods, or as a backdrop for winter sports. This was a very apt for an International Expo with theme of "Water and Sustainable Development", encompassing a wave of sensations to brought visitors closer to this extreme phenomenon through works by different artists of international acclaim such as Messner, Eliasson, Aitken, Ditsch, Huber, Julien, Maté, Helnwein, Fulton, Almalé and Bondía. This pavilion offered visitors a unique and unforgettable opportunity to view the marvels of ice through contemporary art.