With a capacity of 20,000 spectators in its 28,000-square-meter expanse, the Lake Arena is the largest open space for visitors.
Located at the centre of the Lake Arena is the Tree of Life, which is, at one and the same time, a monument, a sculpture, an installation, a building, and a work of art.
Constructed by Orgoglio Brescia, a consortium of local businesses, and some 37 metres tall, this wood and steel structure forms part of the metaphor of the Plant Nursery, which informs the concept of the Italian Pavilion. The
latter was designed by Marco Balich, who is also its Artistic Director, and whose other talents include producing large-scale events.
The structure of the Tree of Life takes its cue from the Renaissance. Indeed, Marco Balich based his design on designs by Michelangelo.