Sierra Leone Pavilion

The pavilion had interesting architecture; a building of three conic shapes floating above glass walls. The shapes were reminiscent of this West African country's mountains and carried out the design of the three pyramids that appear on the nation's coat of arms.

The pavilion's feature attraction, visible throughout the building, and even from the street outside, was a show that was presented on a raised stage under the main cone. Two troupes performed intricate dances and acrobats entertained with feats of skill and precision.

The entire center of one cone was devoted to diamonds, one of the country's major industries. The display showed how diamonds are transformed from rough stones to finished gems.

Near the pavilion's small cocktail bar, a woodcraftsman demonstrated how the exotic African masks and statues are carved. Nearby, a weaver worked to make cloth of the kind worn by the hostesses.

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