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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
on the western tip of Île Sainte-Hélène, alongside
the USSR pavilion but separated by the Le Moyne canal, the United
States of America pavilion is undoubtedly one of the most memorable
of Expo 67. Even if it initially sparked controversy as some people
felt it was too daring, architect Richard Buckminster Fuller's geodesic
dome quickly became one of the most prominent symbols of Expo 67.
Given to the City of Montreal by President Lyndon B. Johnson, it
would later house the Biosphère, an ecowatch
The structure glows in the sunlight due to its acrylic skin
and is lit up at night. There is minirail access to this architectural
masterpiece standing 80 metres wide (250 feet) and 20 stories
high, which makes the experience that much more exciting.
Numerous exhibitions are presented inside the pavilion. American
cinema and many aspects of the entertainment world have a
prominent place. There are also areas devoted to the fine
arts, represented in particular by works from the Pop Art
and Op Art movements. As well, the story of the arrival and
the life of the first European settlers on American soil is
told. Visitors can also learn more about astronauts' achievements,
projects and tools. These exhibitions truly illustrate Creative
America, the pavilion's theme.
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