With Expo 2020 little over a year away now, construction of individual nations’ pavilions is in full flow, and Ireland has publicly revealed its plans for the world fair.
Speaking to Arabian Business, Tourism Ireland has confirmed that its pavilion will be based on a monument dating back 5,200 years to the Stone Age – and it’s got an incredibly unique feature.
Newgrange, the prehistoric monument in County Meath on the country’s east coast, is built in a way that only allows light for one day every year – December 21.
The effect is created thanks to a passage measuring 19 metres, which leads into a chamber with three alcoves, the alignment of the passage and alcoves means light from the rising sun only passes through the chamber on one day every year.
The incredible structure will be replicated at Expo 2020, only the amazing light effect will be recreated throughout the world fair using artificial intelligence.
Ground will break on the structure either later this month or at the start of November, and Tourism Ireland says that AI will be used to change the theme of the pavilion regularly, and cover themes like tourism, trade, technology and education.
“We’ll be there and we’ll be seeking to inspire people,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. “Part of that inspiration or message about Ireland will be encouraging people to go and seek for themselves what that’s all about.”
In the meantime, check out our A to Z guide of Expo 2020.