The Tree of Life – Milan 2015 Expo Steel Symbol

We have already discussed about the upcoming 2015 Expo taking place in Milan, Italy, in less than two months. As you know is a very important event, not just for the European peninsula, but also for all the participant countries willing to promote their products. This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. It will be very difficult for Italy to beat the success of the Chinese 2010 Expo edition, although the theme seems very interesting. If you visited Shanghai during the Universal Exposition or after 2010, you have probably visited the Chinese pavilion. Indeed, this great piece of architectural art has been the main symbol of the Shanghainese exhibition and it has rapidly became one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

34934932
from http://www.panoramio.com

The Chinese pavillion is a 63 meters high structure inspired by the most important element of the building tradition of China: the dougong system dating back over 2000 years. It consists of wooden beams embedded in overlapping layers on a base of columns. (from IlGiornaledell’Architettura)

But what about Milan? What will be the symbol of the next Expo made in Italy? The Tree of Life. It came to light in early March, erected in the center of the Expo Lake Arena. According to L’Eco di Bergamo,  the project of  the tree was inspired both by the mosaic of the Otranto Cathedral and the floor of Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, of which is a 3D version. Its creator, Marco Balich, explained that the tree is a symbol common to “all cultures, from the Bible to Avatar”.

lake arena tree of life
from http://www.madeinuvet.com

The tree has a steel structure made of 150 tons of metal, around which a wooden part was built (90 tons of wood), which will then be adorned with several plants and lights. This 35 meters high installation of steel and wood (and 45 meters of diameter) will be the highest structure of the 2015 Expo. Moreover, the tree will host one show per hour admired by 3000 people each time sitting on the arena built around the Expo lake.

In sum, the symbol of the upcoming Milan Expo 2015 is made of steel. A futuristic steel tree!

expo_04
from http://www.balichws.com

Do not  forget that Shanghai Metal Corporation provides you with a great selection of steel products such as high carbon steel strips, steel wires and steel ropes, copper clad steel strips. Visit our website and do not hesitate to contact us.

Scan the QR code below and stay informed about our latest updates:

SMC QRFollow us on these social media platforms:

    

Stefano// SMC Editor

The Health Benefits of Pine Trees

Tomorrow is Christmas and we’re all excited to celebrate it ! During this time of festivities, pines are one of the most commercially important tree species. We love pines because they bring us joy during Christmas and they also have this delightful, holiday-spirit aroma. Do you know that pine tree can also give you health benefits ? Let’s learn more about them :

1. Pine Needle Tea

Photo from bodyenlightenment

Pine needle tea has been a medicinal favorite of indigenous peoples for centuries. It is said to have helped European settlers survive their first winter in the New World. It is rich of vitamin C, A and has antioxidant properties.
Visit this website to learn how to brew it.

2. Pine Essential Oil

Photo from aromaoilstore

In Japan, there’s an interesting concept called shinrin-yoku, which means “forest bathing”, referring to spending time in the woods for its therapeutic effect. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to ancient Japanese pine forests, but we can fake it by going through a local Christmas tree farm or by using pine essential oils, You only need to put a few drops on your pillow or onto a tissue, breath in deeply, slowly and relax.

Photo from mnn

Pine oil can also help to provide relief for colds and congested sinuses. Add 3 drops of pine essential oil into a hot water and inhale the steam through your nose and mouth.

You can also use it to massage away your muscle aches and pains. You just need to add 5 drops of pine oil to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil,

Check out this website to discover other benefits of pine oil.

Keep in mind that essential pine oil should be used with care, as it is very powerful. If left undiluted, it may irritate skin and mucous membranes. Internal consumption may be dangerous for health.

Shanghai Metal Corporation manufactures and supplies various kind of metal, such as stainless steel, a perfect material to build your thermos and infuser for pine needle tea. Contact us if you need further information and don’t forget to follow us on social media to get the latest news of our product and company.

    

 

Sources : globalhealingcentermedicinalfoodnewshealth

Featured image : wikimedia

Ayu P.//SMC editor