Thursday, May 20, 2010

In big urns and lilies

Look at the fish

Inside the AnHui Provincial Pavilion, in the middle of the 19th century courtyard built, lies a traditional stone urn. These urns are huge - at least 3 feet across and about 4 feet high - they were used as the centrepieces of gardens during that period, housing fish and water flowers. However, they also served a practical purpose. Because they were able to hold a large volume of water, they were especially useful during fires, as houses were all wooden structures at the time. Here, at the 2010 World Expo, a more modern template is used - a projection, showing fish swimming among the lilies, as a digital thunderstorm raged overhead.

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