Reopening of Cannon-Sandretto Plastics Collection
Closed for some time for a substantial restoration, the Cannon – Sandretto Plastics Collection re-opened in Pont Canavese, near Turin, Italy on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Hundreds of antique plastic objects are again displayed in seven refurbished rooms.
Cannon owns one of the World’s largest collections of antique plastic objects, hosted in an elegant 19th century villa in Pont Canavese, a half-hour drive from Turin, Italy. The villa was originally the guesthouse for the Sandretto factory. The building required significant renovation and this, of course, was incompatible with keeping the Cannon – Sandretto Plastics Museum open to visitors. After several years of intense refurbishing, the site has been reopened. It is now a non-profit cultural organisation known as the “Cannon – Sandretto Plastics Collection – Civilization of Plastics”. Seven rooms host one of the richest collections of objects made in plastic materials, ranging from the early Ebonite, Celluloid, Casein
plastic, Urea-Formaldehyde and Bakelite to the most modern technopolymers. New graphics, timelines and visual
displays help the visitor familiarise with the history of polymers, the main types of plastics and their applications.
Marco Volpato, Cannon Group‘s President, expressed its satisfaction for this long-expected occasion: “It has been a challenging task, but we finally made it: the public fruition of this Collection was a promise that we made to ourselves and to the plastics community when we acquired its property several years ago. A century of research, patents and inventions has generated a huge amount of products that have changed the way we live on this planet. These products are now back on display here.”
An agreement signed between Cannon and the town’s government ensures that a guide will be available to open the site to the visitors who booked their visit in advance. During summer 2015 the Collection will be open during the weekends, or by appointment during the working days.
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