14 October 2010

Chemistry of growing things

The Harvest Theater opened as part of The Land pavilion of EPCOT Center in 1982. Originally, it featured the environmental awareness film, Symbiosis. Symbiosis ran in the theater until 1995, when segments from the original film were spliced into a new production entitled Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable, which featured the comedic trio of Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa from The Lion King. Through two major renovations to the pavilion and sponsorship changes, the queue for the Harvest Theater has remained as one of the sole untouched aspects of The Land Pavilion.

Most guests inhabit the queue without noticing the carpet that comprises the walls of the Harvest Theater waiting area. They are busy plotting their next trek across the park or discussing what to eat for lunch. Occasionally, they may notice the walls they are leaning upon and make a statement about being dated, but the walls are not only a fine piece of Epcot history, they also explore the process of plant growth. From winds sweeping seeds across open spaces to germination, and on to a full fledged plant sending out its own seeds, the cycle is repeated perpetually through the room and in the larger world beyond.

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