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3M Transforms Main Headquarters to Inspire Curiosity and Wonder


Twelve-story Tall Installation Invites the World to Celebrate the
Power of Curiosity, Passion and Purpose

3M's commitment to harnessing the power of curiosity and wonder is made
visible today by the completion of a major design installation at their
headquarters building in St. Paul, Minn. Global science company 3M has
wrapped its main headquarters building to encourage people to pursue
their own sense of curiosity that can lead to discovery and problem
solving. Viewable from the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate
94, the building wrap covers 30 percent of two sides of the iconic
building and serves as a visual representation of 3M's
Wonder campaign
. The Wonder campaign seeks to inspire people to
examine the world around them and see that curiosity can lead to great

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3M headquarters building in St. Paul has been wrapped to encourage people everywhere to pursue their ...

3M headquarters building in St. Paul has been wrapped to encourage people everywhere to pursue their own sense of curiosity. (Photo credit: 3M)

"Every day around the world, 91,000 3M employees from diverse
backgrounds and perspectives are inspired to go beyond simply asking
questions so that they can solve our customer's toughest problems and
change the world for the better," said Laurie Altman, vice president
marketing and sales operations at 3M. "That powerful combination of
curiosity, passion and purpose – using 3M Science to improve lives – has
been a part of our DNA for more than 116 years. We know there are many
passionate and intellectually curious people in the world and we invite
everyone to join us in embracing the spark that leads to problem

"Active curiosity leads to great ideas. The next ‘big' idea will come
naturally from a creative collision of many smaller ideas that build
upon each other," said Eric Quint, vice president and chief design
officer at 3M. "Though the best idea is a result of collaborative
creativity reminding us that we are part of an ecosystem, uniting
purpose with partnership, that creates meaningful innovations."

The installation is made up of nearly 500 individual pieces of film on
each side of the building, which fit together like a mosaic. Two types
of 3M films supported the vision for this installation – 3M™ Controltac™
Graphic Film, opaque for the windowless surfaces, and 3M™ Scotchcal™
Perforated Window Graphic, perforated to cover the windows. The
perforated film allows for 60 percent of light to transfer through the
window into the space inside, while still reflecting color on the
outside and providing viewability from the inside out.

3M has been a leading commercial graphics provider for decades. The
company partnered with leading specialty graphics provider The Vomela
Companies to bring the design to life across the 12-stories of two sides
of 3M's St. Paul headquarters building.

"We have partnered with 3M for 70 years and this project is an excellent
example of design creativity and best-in-class application of 3M
Science," said Paul Peterson, operations director for The Vomela
Companies. "By combining 3M products with our expertise in printing and
installation, we are able to bring design concepts to life in unique and
inspiring ways."

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About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily.
With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers
all around the world. Learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the
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