Port Welcomes Dynamic “Future Sensations” Exhibit to City
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is pleased to play a role in the display of a never-before-seen exhibit commemorating the 350th anniversary of an international company with decades-long ties to the Philadelphia region.
Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s largest building materials companies, with global headquarters in France, North American headquarters in Valley Forge and operations all over the world. With five distinct ephemeral pavilions, The “Future Sensations” traveling exhibit will, according to the company, “take visitors on a sensory journey of science, storytelling and art that celebrates the last three and a half centuries and offers glimpses into future innovations that will transform the world.” Philadelphia will be the only U.S. stop for the exhibit, which has already been seen in Shanghai, China, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will visit Paris, France following the Philadelphia exhibition.
Each of the five pavilions weighs between 20 and 50 metric tons. They range in height from 13 to 32 feet. A total of 26 products from the Saint-Gobain family of companies are used in their construction. Officials in Pennsylvania, including International Supply Chain Manager Elisabeth Fornes, were instrumental in arranging for the Port of Philadelphia to be the U.S. port of entry for the containers carrying the exhibit. Officials from Saint-Gobain, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), terminal operator Holt Logistics, and global logistics firm BDP International, were on hand at PRPA’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s largest and busiest facility, on Friday, May 15 to officially welcome the 25 containers transporting the exhibit. The containers arrived on the Hamburg Süd vessel “Monte Tamaro” several days before.
“We were very pleased to partner with our terminal operator and BDP to welcome Saint-Gobain’s exciting exhibit to Philadelphia,” said PRPA Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney. “We work together all the time to move cargo and attract business, but it was a special treat to have the unique experience of working together to advance the city’s cultural life, as well.”
The exhibit containers left the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on Monday, May 18, and made the short journey to The Oval, in the heart of Philadelphia’s busy center city. The exhibit will be displayed there, where the public may view it free of charge from Saturday, May 30 to Saturday, June 6.