The Estonian exposition, entitled „The Gas Pipe“ addresses various issues of the contemporary spatial organization and developments in landscape. The exposition focuses on a large-scale public space installation in the Giardini park. Along one of the main pedestrian avenues, in between the pavilions of Russia and Germany, a 60m section of real scale elevated gas pipe was erected.
The project is inspired by a controversial enterprise of Nord Stream, a Gazprom initiative to build a direct gas pipe from Russia to Germany. The initial project of Nord Stream to build the pipeline into the Baltic Sea has been widely contested from ecological as well as geopolitical positions. Voices rose to persuade building a mainland gas pipe instead but the real outcome of the project is still unclear. In either case, the pipe has a special position and effect in the Baltic Sea region as well as being part of an omnipresent, ever-expanding network of gas pipes and other infrastructure objects – the border-transgressing power lines of the contemporary world.