"Humble peat moss forms the basis for the wildly imaginative Latvia Pavilion, which uses the traditional Baltic crop [sic] to create carved panels, compressed blocks and textured walls that lead visitors through a series of engaging multimedia exhibits. The Northern European nation sees itself as a country of adaptable, creative problem-solvers - a place where technological innovation can coexist with a love for nature and sustainability. The pavilion embraces opposites, creating tableaus examining tumultuous history, exploring windswept seascapes and deep forests, and revealing how Latvia’s ancient traditions work within its cosmopolitan cities," according to the official text.
Apciemo Latvijas paviljonu virtuāli - 360° tūrē!— LIAA (@LIAALatvija) November 2, 2021
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Now you have the opportunity to experience something like being present at the pavilion of peat with a 360-degree virtual tour that has been made available by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA).
You can visit various rooms as a voiceover offers laudatory sentiments about Latvia and Latvians plus some bizarre physics theorizing such as "standing still is basically the same as going backwards" and innovation being "a fourth dimension" that seems to resemble a near-death out-of-body experience.
"Innovation begins when the barriers in our mind are torn down. We take a step back and look at ourselves from a distance. Life lets you choose between being spectator or the one being watched. Yes, often by the entire world. We choose the latter," says the narrator before urging people to proceed to the second floor.
One of the rooms features several mirrors and resembles a large department store changing room. Another has various products displayed on low display shelves and a third has some video screens. None of the rooms look quite as they did in the conceptual images released ahead of the event.
Latvia's 'National Day' at the Expo is listed as November 26. The Dubai 2020 Expo runs October 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022.