CORPORATE PAVILIONS & THEME EXHIBITS
Beginning in False Creek, Highway 86 rose out of the sea like a giant undulating serpent. The four lane boulevard was loaded with over 200 cars, boats, bicycles, space capsules, airplanes, and lunar rovers. Uniformly grey, the surreal structure invited spectators to walk on the highway or use the vehicles for seating.
The steel and concrete highway was a commentary on our love-hate relationship with technology in the 1980s. Highway 86 could have been interpreted as leading to either utopia or apocalypse, and because the structure rose from the sea, it could also be perceived as a humorous commentary on Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
Links: SITE ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN This webpage discusses how SITE's unorthadox approach won an Expo 86 international design compitition for a Theme Pavilion.