BC Pavilion preview with Minister for the Olympics Mary McNeil

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Minister of State for the Olympics Mary McNeil introduces us to the BC Pavilion

Robson Square has been alive with activity since the November re-opening of the ice rink, in partnership with GE. Two thousand people per day are using the rink now, but it's only a taste of the excitement which will exist down at Robson when the world arrives. CityCaucus.com received a very special "first look" at what is unfolding at Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

We toured the whole site, including the 2010 Commerce Centre, an exclusive gathering place for business leaders to become more familiar with economic opportunities throughout the province. Inside the 2010 Commerce Centre is a very cool 3D map that allows you to fly over the entire province, which is projected on a large screen in front of you, and a joystick to control your direction and altitude.

We visited the International Unaccredited Media Centre, where approximately 4000 of the world's media and social media commentators will base themselves. CityCaucus.com is accredited and hopes to be reporting from this site during the Games.

Then we were given an exclusive first look at the inside of the BC Pavilion, which is installed on the fourth floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery. This free venue is open to the public from 10am until 5pm every day. You'll have full access to the VAG, including the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit, and the best collection of BC art available.

On the fourth floor you'll cross a circuit that begins with a forest exhibit. A Spirit Tree occupies the centre of the floor, and multimedia screens provide different perspectives from the province, and describe our resource-based economy.

Then you'll be directed into a theatre that looks a bit like the inside of a space shuttle with comfy seats. There is a large screen where you learn more about the creative economy in British Columbia. Finally, the last section has a synchronized video display that spans a very long wall. Large touch screens allow for interactivity, and you'll learn about companies like Electronic Arts and Rainmaker Studios, both cutting edge digital pioneers based in the province.

Couple the indoor spectacle and the exhilaration of the Ziptrek experience and outdoor live performances, the BC Pavilion is shaping up to be one of the must-see venues during the Games.

- post by Mike

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