The Tree of Life is the symbol of the Italian Pavilion, a place for entertainment and a global icon. It represents the importance of embedding roots into the past and traditions in order to open up to a future full of culture, innovation and fruitful collaboration among the various populations.
The structure, designed by the creative director Marco Balich, buds from the search for a decidedly Italian symbol, representative of one of the most extraordinary periods of human genius: the Renaissance period. The architecture of the Tree, which technically represents an “extrusion” from Michelangelo’s floor in the Piazza del Campidoglio, reaches a height of 35 metres and its foliage widens out to about 42 metres.
Dodona in Epirus in northwestern Greece was an oracle devoted to a Mother Goddess identified at other sites with Rhea or Gaia, but here called Dione, who was joined and partly supplanted in historical times by the Greek deity Zeus. The shrine of Dodona was regarded as the oldest Hellenic oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. Situated in a remote region away from the main Greek poleis, it was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige.