Air Canada's pavilion, on ile Sainte-Hélène adjacent to Metro and Minirail stations, tells the story of Man's mastery of the air, and in its architactural form seeks to express the spirit of flight.
The blades of the helical, or spiral roof extend 87 feet at the base and 18 feet at the peak from a 60-foot center support column. They symbolize both flight and the fanning turbine blades of today's jet engines.
The helix has been utilized by man in many aspects of his life from water pupms to art forms. Leonardo Da Vinci sketched it almost 500 years ago.
Beneath the 23 cantilevered blades of the helical roof nestle three synlindrical cells containing the exhibit areas and telling with audio-visual and other effects the story of Man's conquest of the air, from his first fanicul dream to the achievements of today.
"The Dream": section of the display delves into the subconscious origins of Man's will to fly and his gradual perception of the various aspects of flight.
"The Achievement": tells the story flying from early balloons and the first cumbersome gliders to the streamlined forms of today's jets.
"New Worlds": depicts the impact of aviation's conquest of time and geography upon Man and his World.
( Document: Official Guide of l'Expo 67, Copyright 1967 by Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd. )
Man and is World in 1969
A retrospective exhibit of the history of telephonic communications from the time of Canada's Alexander Graham Bell to the present, with an eye to the future, is the scope of this electronique presentation in a pavilion on ile Sainte-Hélène.
More than just a collection of highly complex gadgets to dazzle the viewer, the exhibit features a series of controlling buttons and livers itching to be manipulated.
(Man and his world 1969 - Official Guide - published by the city of Montreal)
Air Canada Pavilion