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Polymer at the Exhibition Expo Montreal 1967
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Architect(s) : R. J. Thom

An 18 foot high mobile tops an open air pavilion. It is made of metal discs that shake and shimmer in the wind. It is called Curiosity, the key to human progress, and the Polymer Company (a Canadian state-owned company) has made it the theme of its pavilion.

The pavilion is made of free-flowing concrete, covered with synthetic rubber and has the appearance of a wheel with a raised hub. The main presentations are contained in translucent plastic spheres installed between the spokes of the wheel. The pavilion has two levels and the science lesson takes place along a ramp, in niches where you can see both the real and the apparent reverse side of things, where you learn what polymerisation is and first of all that the expression "monomer" indicates a chemical unit whereas a polymer is a long chain resulting from the union of several monomers. To polymerise is to make one large molecule out of several small ones, and the pavilion is modelled on an eight foot high styrenebutadiene molecule.

The instruction is given by tracing the results back to the source, in a very deft and entertaining way. Polymer manipulates the molecules and provides the synthetic rubber needed to make a thousand everyday objects: golf balls, aeroplane tyres, wire and cable coverings, shoe soles, etc., etc.

Polymer supplies synthetic rubber, latex and plastics to more than 90 countries and, through its presentations, shows the visitor how man - thanks to curiosity, which is a way of looking at things - has come to interrogate matter, to produce synthetic products and to improve their use

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