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May 24, 2021
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SICIS, a leading Italian tile manufacturer and a pioneer in mosaics, has been playing a vital role in recreating elements from the original mosaics of Palazzo dei Normanni and the Palatine Chapel in Palermo at the country's pavilion for the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 event.

An Italian company of excellence and Platinum sponsor of the Italian Pavilion, SICIS is the mosaic veil’s creator, a true work of art within the pavilion.

With tesserae in glass and gold, SICIS recreates elements from the original mosaics of Palazzo dei Normanni and the Palatine Chapel in Palermo that run along the walls surrounding the theatre. Instead, the tower’s dome replicates the starry sky of the vault of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, said the company in a statement.

Adorned with enchanting golden tales, the pillar of the Italian Pavilion at the expo site, the Theatre of Memory, is hosting a special guest: Michelangelo’s David 3D twin brother.

To elaborate these formidable work mosaics, over two-and-a-half million mosaic tesserae were used, created according to state-of-the-art processes. Each tessera was worked and laid by hand by mosaic masters at the Ravenna atelier and only later transported and installed in their final destination to give life to each section of the project, it added.

For over 30 years, SICIS said it has been synonymous with creative thinking and operating out of the box, producing its factory mosaic and artistic mosaics using material strictly made in Italy, born from R&D in a perfect combination with ancient techniques. A contemporary adaptation of a noble and formidable past.

For this new Dubai Expo 2020 project, SICIS embraces the cultural and symbolic value of the Italian pavilion fully.

'And through these works, we contribute by making the space itself a place capable of offering an unforgettable experience not only for the events hosted but for the grandeur of the decorative architectural project, a gallery where you can meet Italian style, culture, history, craftsmanship, industry and passion,' said a company spokesman.

'For SICIS, this is a very familiar process, one confronted every day. We always create art and products that stand out, including fabrics, furnishings and objects of pure elegance, jewels and watches that retain a distinctive soul in addition to unique mosaics and unparalleled glass slabs,' he stated.