|Image of Japan Pavilion World Expo '88 from "Expo 88 Memories", Sydney G Hughes Publisher|
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Here's a photo of the set at the Australia Pavilion entrance.
|From "Expo Excitement", Australian Consolidated Press.|
A compact 40-hectare site on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, and immediately across from the Brisbane central business district, World Expo '88 had the convenience of an inner city Expo site with the beautiful and dramatic backdrop of the City's Brisbane River and skyscrapers. Nearly 100 Pavilions featured at the Expo, 52 Government Pavilions (national, state and city) with the remaining Pavilions being Corporate Pavilions.
A theme park "World Expo Park" featured adjacent to the Expo site, behind the railway line, which featured two stations, at the Expo's southern and northern entrances. A monorail also gave a scenic view of the Expo, with two stations, also at the south and north of the Expo site. The "World Expo on Stage" cultural program took place at the adjacent Queensland Cultural Centre, at map left.
|Map Image Reproduced Digitally and Published to the Foundation Expo '88 Website by Foundation Expo '88|
Copyright Permissions Courtesy of the State Government of Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy,
and Cato Purnell Partners
For an enlarged version of the Map, click here: http://www.foundationexpo88.org/worldexpo88officialguidemap.html
Here he is delivering his speech at the Official Opening of the Expo, which was held at the Expo's River Stage on 30 April 1988, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable R.J.L. Hawke MP, as well as the President of the BIE, His Excellency 4,000 VIPs.
|From "Expo 88 Memories" Sydney G Hughes Publisher|
The speech he gave at the Opening Ceremony is reproduced here:
Sir Llew's speech preceded the official opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as pictured above.
The Queen's speech can be read here:
From the Foundation Expo '88 Academic Forum:
Here is a photograph of the Queensland (at left) and Australia Pavilions (at right) behind the Expo '88 River Stage on opening day.
|In front of the World Exposition Museum, Shanghai World Expo 2010, 28 Oct 2010|
Here are some photos from "Expo 88 Memories" (Sydney G Hughes Publisher) of the facades of the USSR, Japan, USA and People's Republic of China Pavilions.
|The Japan Pavilion featured a traditional Japanese Garden for relaxation and reflection at it's entrance/exit|
|The People's Republic of China Pavilion featured this impressive Chinese Gate which could be seen from the Melbourne Street entrance.|
|The USA Pavilion featured a basketball court at it's front forecourt, where leading USA basketball and hackeysack players could be seen in action.|
|Image courtesy of official souvenir Guide Book "Expo 88 Memories" Sydney G Hughes Publisher|
They featured the official World Expo '88 logo, by Ken Cato, as part of the design.
Guides of the Expo Authority had largely a symbolic role to play, manning booths at entrances to the Expo, guiding special VIP Guests of the Expo from one Pavilion to the next, and answering general questions.
In contrast, here I am in my Japan Pavilion Attendant uniform, taken near the World Expo '88 art work, "Orbit".
Here is the front cover of one of the publications for donation "Expo Excitement" - a colour photograph book on World Expo '88's greatest moments.
|Australian Consolidated Press|
View and enjoy!
Here it is. Click to enlarge.
This page gives an introduction to their work vis.a.vis the Shanghai Expo.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
With thanks to Wendy Wu Tours, who helped me procure these tickets for the last week "peak day" admission days of the Expo, when all other travel agents couldn't help at all!!!
I've just been alerted to the Expo 2017 bid for Astana, Kazakhstan.
They have an impressive and well developed website, the bid page which is at http://www.expo2017astana.com/cms/en/the%20bid%20of%20Astana
This page in particular notes the announcement to the BIE of Astana's intention to bid for 2017.
Leige, Belgium, seems to be the only other serious contender.
Decisions will be made in 2012 with regards to the 2017 Expo bid winner.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Just before Christmas, James and I had lunch and he kindly lent me some of his passes for World Expo '88.
Here they are, and I believe they are self-explanatory.
(It's interesting to note that the Joint Chief Architect of World Expo '88 had his own Season Pass for his days off...!)
The Shanghai Expo coverage also features some nice memories and photos.
Visit ExpoLounge here:
Although there is a logo, there doesn't seem to be a well developed web presence at the moment, it remains seen which of the proposed bid cities - Dubai, Bay Area San Francisco, Izmir, Thailand, or even Brisbane or another Australian City - will launch the bid first.
1 January 2011 marks the commencement of acceptance of bids for 2020.
Thanks to Urso Chappell's ExpoMuseum.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thanks ExpoMuseum for pointing this one out.
Should be a good read when it comes out soon!
Read the listing here and pre-order at Amazon.....
Friday, December 24, 2010
Emily Harris, in "Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia, and the World".
The Exhibition Medal featured seven women representing each of the Australasian colonies, under a latin banner - translated into English "They all look different, and yet alike as sisters would".
|From "Race and Australian National Identity at the 1866-1867 Intercolonial Exhibition", in "Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia, and the World", Monash University Press.|
"Before the Olympic Games became the celebratory site of national identities, nineteenth-century exhibitions were the 'most important of the symbolic battlegrounds on which nations demonstrated their prowess and tested the strength of their rivals.'"
Graeme Davison, in Emily Harris "Race and Australian National Identity at the 1866-67 Intercolonial Exhibition", from "Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia, and the World"
This led to a renewed effort by Victoria at the 1855 Paris Exhibition to have representations of Aboriginal culture.
(From 'Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia, and the World')
The display included a 'very motley collection of uncoordinated items representing New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land', supplemented by a late exhibit displaying specimens of the first gold found in Australia.
(From 'Seize the Day: Australia, Exhibitions and the World')
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The World Expositions Attendants and Guides Association
If you have worked as a Guide or Attendant at a World Exposition, or if you are thinking of doing so - join this group to share your story or learn about insider tips and tricks to getting a job as an Attendant or Guide at a World Exposition.
Now as more mature bidders have entered the field, such as the Silicon Bay bid, Thailand, and Dubai, the question is which Australian city will be willing to put in a bid for 2020 - or will we wait until it is too late.
|The AusExpo2020 logo|
AusExpo2020 was started in October 2010 with a Twitter page, at http://twitter.com/AusExpo2020/, and it attempts to bring together a new potential opportunity for Australia - an international Garden Expo for 2020.
Whilst conversations are confidential at the moment, there are many established Australian players that would like to see an International Garden Exposition come to Australia for the 2020 year - highlighting the important contribution made by Sir Joseph Banks in furthering the knowledge of Australian flora.
This is perhaps the strongest opportunity for an Expo for Australia in 2020 at the moment.
We hope that things will progress in positive steps in the next few months.
It was hoped that restricting the concept to Brisbane would improve it's chances of being adopted by the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, and Australian Government.
Once again, the proposal was for a Joint Universal Exposition and Summer Games Olympiad for Brisbane in 2020 for the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook claiming Australia for the Great British Crown.
Read the proposal here:
This logo was also designed by myself and the idea for the Committee came after it became apparent that Expo 2020 Olympiad Uluru could not be feasible.
It attempted to open up the idea for a Joint Universal Exposition and Summer Games Olympiad to all the capital cities of Australia, and it started with a flyer hand out on the streets of Brisbane for a public meeting in 2007 - but there was no response, despite press releases to the newspapers, radio, and TV regarding the meeting.
The above is the link.
This was a fantastical idea to set up a joint Universal Exposition and Summer Games Olympiad at a purpose-built United Nations run international multi-function polis in the heart of the Australian desert at the foot of Australia's most famous landmark - Uluru.
I started this idea - and was gripped by it - from about 2005 until 2008, when the practicalities of the vision prevented further exploration.
It was truly a fantastical idea - and included a 1,000 metre symbol tower of an indigenous Australian male holding spear for support, at Uluru's base.
A powerpoint presentation was developed - which was presented in Darwin, Alice Springs, and Uluru itself in 2007 - read it here for what could have been!
Here's the extant web link to the Expo 2020 Olympiad Uluru page: http://www.foundationexpo88.org/expo2020lympiaduluru/
""Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood."
Daniel Burnham, Chief Executive of the Chicago 1893 Columbian Exhibition.
The World Expositions Attendants and Guides Association
I designed the logo myself!
And I started a Google Group for the entity, however soon it was being spammed so I changed the membership to by application only, and after that, I had to change my email service providers, and now I don't even know what email address I used to sign in as Administrator for the group....!
Well of course there is more than that, but an inspiring structure goes a long way towards capturing the public's imagination.
And of all of the Australia Pavilions in the past 50 or so years, since 1967, I think that Australia at Expo 67, and Expo 70 - both by James Maccormick MBE - are the most outstanding.
Expo 2005 Japan - was without a doubt - the worst - looking like a corner store or butcher.
How have we fallen so much in the architecture stakes since the highpoint of the 60s and 70s?
World Expo '88's Australia Pavilion was a Joint Flagship Pavilion with the Queensland Pavilion, and despite early efforts to create a joint structure, in the end the two were quite different Pavilions in structure, although they were located side by side.
The Pavilion was easily recognizable for a number of reasons, first of all, it's roof was in the shape and colours of Australia's most famous natural landmark, Uluru, evocative of the soaring Australian outback, and in front of the exit and entrances of the Pavilion were some playful letters in large making up the word "Australia", by renowned Australian naive art artist, Ken Done.
Architecture - tick tick!
This Pavilion once again turned to Uluru and the colours of the outback Australian desert for inspiration in it's architecture, with a red-iron steel clad exterior in the shape and curves of Uluru. The inside was similar to Seville - a curved ramp walkway that guided persons through the history and culture of Australia through a series of static and multimedia messages - and that led to a 1,000 seater theatre in the round - also like Seville - however in this case, the screens were in the centre of the theatre, six semi-circular panels that turned in tandem and rose up and down, revealing a large model sculpture in the centre of the stage that furthered the story.
The Pavilion cost $AUD 83 million dollars. Also considered to be in the "Top 5".
Architecture - tick and a half
Two further publications caught my eye, no, three:
1. Hoffenberg, Peter (2001). "An Empire on Display: English, Indian, and Australian Exhibitions from the Crystal Palace to the Great War", published by Berkeley, University of California Press.
2. Lockyer, Angus (2000). "Japan at the Exhibition, 1867-1970", Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University.
3. Harvey, Penelope (1996). "Hybrids of Modernity: Anthropolgy, the Nation State, and the Universal Exhibition", London: Routledge.
The first two titles are self-explanatory, but the third talks about Seville's Exposition of 1992.
I'm going to spend the Christmas break reading through 'Seize the Day' and hopefully posting snippets of interesting quotes, as well as work out how to get my hands on the above publications.... Amazon???
The first stanza was found prefacing the introduction to the Dr Robert Wilson Collection of 19th Century Ceramics and Glass Exhibition at the National Museum of Victoria, just a few weeks ago at the beginning of December 2010. I reproduce the poem here in full - courtesy of Google Books and "Europa: Or, Scenes And Society in England, France, Italy And Switzerland" by Daniel C. Eddy - although the title of the poem cannot be found!
|by Martin Farquhar Tupper|
A Reverie About The Crystal Palace, 1852
Dream of splendour, bright and gay,
Disenchanted all too soon,
Dimly fading fast away
Like a half-remember'd tune,-
Lo! my spirit's heart is sad
For the end of earthly things,
And refuses to be glad
While I touch these trembling strings.
Fountains, gushing silver light,
Sculptures, soft and warm and fair,
Gems, that blind the dazzled sight,
Silken trophies rich and rare,
Wondrous works of cunning skill,
Precious miracles of art,-
How your crowding memories fill
Mournfully my musing heart!
Fairy Giant! choicest birth
Of the Beautiful Sublime,
Seeming like the Toy of earth
Given to the dotard Time,-
Glacier-diamond, Alp of glass,
Sinbad's cave, Aladdin'd hall,-
Must it then be crush'd, alas!
Must the Crystal Palace fall?
Yes! - as Autumn's chequer'd hues
Thus are tinted with decay,
As the morn's prismatic dews
Glittering, exhale away,-
So with thee; in beauty's pride
All thy brightness must depart,-
Nature's fair consumptive bride,
Fragile paragon of Art!
But, Not all of thee shall die,-
Oh, not all shall perish thus!
Thy sweet spirit ever nigh
Will remain to gladden us,-
Thy sweet spirit - Brotherhood!
This was in thee like a Soul,
Every Part to gild with good,
And to glorify the Whole!
Martin Farquhar Tupper
After purchasing the print and digital editions of this seminal 2008 work on Australia at World Expositions, Monash University Press sent me a complimentary copy of the print edition by express post and it arrived today!
I'm really going to enjoy reading this - look out for a review on certain chapters in the coming weeks!
A must-have companion to your Expo book collection!
A photo of James Maccormick MBE's Australia Pavilion at Osaka Expo 70 features on the cover.
This is disturbing for two reasons: 1. Australia should be represented at Yeosu, for all the right reasons, but also because it's in our best foreign affairs and trade interests, and 2. Governments need to be held accountable by the public for their decisions, and Government has a duty to respond to public enquiry.
That Australia has not made a position on Yeosu - and that Government is yet to respond to my queries is disturbing and it makes me wonder two things...
Are we now pulling out of the smaller 'recognised' Expositions all together (Australia was also not represented at Zaragoza 2008)?
Is the Government taking a more secretive, less accountable approach now that Expositions is now in the hands of Foreign Affairs & Trade, not Tourism?
I personally believe Expositions were better held by Tourism. Now that Expositions are looked after by DFAT, any questioning of them leads them to be very defensive and non-committal to answering, as if one is delving into state secrets.
Still I find it amazing, that after personal approaches to Foreign Affairs staff, emails and tweets to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, emails to my local Federal member of Parliament, as well as attending a special DFAT seminar hosted by the Minister, I have not even received a single word of acknowledgment or response with regards to Australia's representation at Yeosu.
How disturbing indeed.
At Shanghai, also a large site, however, bus was mostly the only means of public transport around the site.
I remember viewing the Expo site by map before arriving and I was looking for the monorail or cable car/pedestrian bridge over the Huangpu River, and I was devastated to find that there was nothing at all!
I thought it would be simple enough to create a new bridge for pedestrian traffic (Seville had three new bridges) or a cable car or monorail to transport oneself around the site, but alas, nothing.
Arriving at the Shanghai Expo site however was a different matter.
The width of the Huangpu River is such that it would take half an hour to cross by foot, and the river is used for freighter tank ships so a low-level pedestrian bridge connecting one side of the Expo site with the other would have absolutely been out of the question.
As to why there was no monorail or cable car, whilst this is disappointing, I guess that neither of these means of transport can be considered to have mass transit capacity, with only a few persons per each cabin, so the decision must have been made to not construct these forms of transport for the bottlenecks of queues that they may create.
Shanghai was still great, but I still wish there could have been a monorail or cable car!
PS The bus service - and Metro - on site was very efficient.
Upon leaving the Osaka 70 Expo Park I asked for one of the display posters and they said I could have one after the exhibition had concluded.
I hope they move the exhibition to a permanent venue at the Osaka Expo Park, it was an excellent exhibition!
This will be the most important anniversary date since the Australian Bicentennial of 1988, and we won't have the opportunity to celebrate such an important anniversary again for a long time - do we really have to wait until 2038?
I just hope that everything falls into place, and as 2011 comes into the picture that our politicians will see that the window of horizon for planning for this event/year is now.
It was also my first entree into the world of World Expositions - and how lucky I was that a World Expo was to be held in my own hometown.
In my high school years as I commuted to and from school and crossed the Brisbane River, I could see the nascent Expo site take form on the banks of the river, and my excitement - quite palpable about the Expo - was tangible.
I studied Japanese at High School and travelled to Japan as an exchange student in 1987 as a Brisbane-Kobe sister-city exchange student, and whilst I tried to keep a tab on employment prospects for the Expo from Japan, most of the advertisements required that one be in Australia for interviews.
My grandparents helped me by replying to a few ads on my behalf, but by February 1988 I had resigned myself to the fact that probably it would be impossible to get a job for the Expo whilst I was still in Japan.
But luck changed in my direction.
On the last night of our school's Glee Club concert - where I was a member - we had a sleepover at the Conductor's parent's home, and the next morning, the homestay father asked me what I wished to do upon return to Australia. I replied that I wanted to work for Expo 88, but that I was running out of time. He said "Brisbane, Expo 88?" and I said yes, it was my hometown, and I wanted to work there.
He then replied that his brother in Tokyo was working with the Japanese Government Pavilion and that he would ring him now to see if an interview could be arranged.
So that was that! I had an interview in 3 weeks time in Tokyo and soon I was back in Australia taking part in training for the Pavilion.
And what a whirl-wind time it was!
|Here I am handing out pamphlets at the entrance to the Japan Pavilion|
The training was incredibly detailed - and lasted for three weeks - for everything from stress relief to a St John's Ambulance First Aid course, to how to serve coffee to VIP guests, courtesy of a protocol attendant from Japan Airlines.
It also gave us the opportunity to know our fellow attendants, and welcome guides from other Pavilions on pre-Expo opening guided tours.
It was a wonderful experience - and very thorough - enabling us to meet any unforseen circumstance with aplomb, and was a wonderful appetizer to the six month Expo that was to come.
He was a cute and popular figure, created by Disney to represent the Expo on the Expo site and overseas, as well as in the more than 500 memorabilia made in his image.