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Saint-Gobain, the parent company of Certain Teed, Sage Glass, Vetrotech, Sheerfil, and others, is celebrating its 350th anniversary, and
and 32 feet high A total of 26 products from the Saint-Gobain family of
marking the milestone with a global exhibition called “Future Sensations.”
On display at the Oval on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway
from May 30 to June 6, the exhibition is an immersive experience with
five distinct ephemeral pavilions that take visitors on a sensory journey
of science, storytelling, and art that celebrates the past three and a half
centuries while offering a glimpse into future innovations. Each of the five
pavilions weighs between 20 and 50 metric tons and stands between 13
companies are used in their construction.
“Philadelphia is honored to serve as the flagship city in North America
to help Saint-Gobain commemorate its historic milestone and the 15
generations of innovators responsible for the anniversary,” said Mayor
Michael A. Nutter. “There is no mistaking the architectural influence Paris
has had on Philadelphia, and now our city has the distinct privilege of
hosting the ‘Future Sensations’ exhibition on Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
modeled on Paris’
own Avenue des
The latter is a
heritage given it was
founded in 1665 to
for the Hall of Mirrors
at the Palace of
glass pyramid at the Louvre to the Statue of Liberty, Saint-Gobain high-
performance building materials have brought unique features to many of
the world’s most iconic structures.
“This exhibition will remind people of the strength that is acquired
Saint-Gobain “Future Sensations” Exhibition
through 350 years of enduring, relevant innovations,” said John Crowe,
president and CEO of Saint-Gobain. “Pushing boundaries and rising to
the challenges of the technological world has shaped our history and
given us the conviction to believe in the future.”
After the exhibition’s stay in Philadelphia, it makes stops around the
globe, including Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; and Paris, France.
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