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14 July 2006

The British Pavilion

Britain's pavilion was a large, white, windowless one, featuring a 200-foot tower with a 3D Union Jack jutting out of the summit. The tower's design was purposely unfinished, to symbolize Britain's "unfinished business" in the world.

The pavilion's exhibit was split into several different sections:

Shaping Britain dealt with Britain's earliest history, through a presentation of film and light effects.

The Genius of Britain used a 3 dimensional mural to display great figures of Britain's past.

Britain Today was a series of tableaux which depicted modern Britain of 1967.

Britain's technological achievements were highlighted in the section Industrial Britain.

Britain in the World was a message of peace, depicted by giant metal sculptures which expressed goodwill and fellowship of man.

I love the Britain Today section, it was totally cool! Being a window dresser, I dig the displays that were set up like store windows, using mannequins and props to convey the feeling of Britain in the 60's...

Britain was most certainly at it's high during the 1960's, with innovators like the Beatles, Mary Quant and Vidal Sassoon shaping pop culture and influencing the world...

photos: (top) naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/expo67/
(middle) FOS productions
(bottom) expo67.ncf.ca

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3 Comments:

Blogger Stinkypaw said...

That last picture really does look like a window set-up... cool!

9:57 am  
Blogger AJ said...

Stock footage of this (and the French pavilion) were used in several sci-fi TV series of the 1970s - The British pavilion (or a corner of it, anyway) stood in for Dr. Huer's office in the 1979 Buck Rogers series, and I'm pretty sure I saw shots re-used in Battlestar Galactica, too.

3:47 pm  
Blogger jason67 said...

Very interesting!

Makes sense when you think of the space age look of some of these pavilions.

A Battlestar Galactica clip can be seen here:

http://publish.uwo.ca/~schuppli/cohen/1967/projects.html

9:26 pm  

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