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Vanke's iceberg reminds people of global warming

THE Vanke Pavilion built by the well known Chinese property developer turned into an iceberg today with a dozen ice blocks around it to remind people of global warming. This is Vanke's way of celebrating its pavilion day.

The 5,000-square-meter pavilion in Zone C was made of wheat straws. The eco-friendly material initially looked golden in color, but will turn to shades of pastel-yellow and black toward the end of the event.

The pavilion will keep its iceberg-inspired fa?ade of white and blue for about two weeks and show visitors the accelerating pace of global warning through melting ice blocks, said Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke Group.

A sculpture made of a dozen oxygen cylinders deserted by climbers at the Mount Everest and collected by Wang and his staff was also unveiled in front of the pavilion.

The name of the pavilion is "2049," referring to the centennial of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The exhibition, "Possibility by Respect," depicts a future scenario of people living in harmony with nature. Respect here means respect for nature, mankind itself, society, and cultural diversity, Wang explained.

The exhibition urges people to protect the environment, he added.


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