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UK Pavilion

In Jun 17, 2009, The United Kingdom signed a contract with the Expo organizer to participate in Expo Shanghai Online, a Shanghai Expo innovation that will provide virtual visits to the Expo on the internet.

The country will build a virtual pavilion to match its real pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. The UK Pavilion will look like a huge "light box" with thousands of needle-like protrusions which will extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze.

During the day, each of these 7.5-meter long rods will act like fibre optic filaments, drawing on daylight to illuminate the interior, thereby creating a contemplative awe-inspiring space. At night, light sources at the interior end of each rod will allow the whole structure to glow.

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Britain will also embed more than 60,000 seeds into the structure of its pavilion to urge people to protect natural species from extinction.

The seeds demonstrate the concept of sustainability, the diversity of nature and urge people to protect the environment for future generations, said Carma Elliot, British consul general in Shanghai.

The UK team is choosing seeds for the pavilion from a seed bank in Kunming, Yunnan Province, which is the Chinese branch of the project, Elliot said, adding they are still considering how to use the seeds after the Expo ends.

The 6,000-square-meter structure is one of the largest pavilions at the Expo. The six-story structure is a huge gift box from the UK to China. Inside the pavilion there will be an exhibition about "bringing nature back into the city."

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