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Expo 2010

Shanghai, China
Cirque du Soleil
Surface area
16,145 sq ft / 1,500 m²
Completion date
Bringing Canada to the world

Designed and developed in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian Pavilion gave GSM Project the challenge of receiving a high input of visitors and leaving a lasting impression in a short period of time. Mission accomplished!

Upon their arrival, visitors enter the Founding Memories room, where the country and its values are engraved on sinuous walls that guide them towards another universe, the Crossroads of the Imagination. Here, they discover the creative city through an interactive water basin that serves as a projection screen for the city as imagined by Canadian children.

The inclusive nature of the city is then revealed by an installation of piled blocks on which the many components shaping the unique personality of our cities is projected.

Finally, by mounting bikes linked to a series of curved screens, visitors discover, at their own pace, Canadian achievements and innovations in the field of sustainable development. The journey ends in the Impressions room, where the rural landscapes and urban realities that shape the nation’s identity are seen side-by-side on one panoramic screen.

Celebrating Canadian identity through a series of museological objects

Receiving between 29,000 and 32,000 visitors a day, this thrilling, festive and colourful 20-minute voyage involves a succession of theatrical sketches, leading visitors towards the discovery of the urban faces of our vast country.