30 Strut, 3 Frequency (3v) Geodesic Tensegrity Sculpture Dome
USA, 1980
R. Buckminster Fuller

Wood dowels with C 60 Carbon finish, plastic coated wire
15 × 15”

Integrity is the essence of everything successful. —Buckminster Fuller

During the 1930s he published Shelter magazine and later served as the science and technology consultant for Fortune magazine. In the 1940s he began sharing his ideas around the world lecturing at Harvard, MIT and in the 1950s at the Southern Illinois University. His most widely known invention was the geodesic domes first introduced in 1947. The domes balance compression and tension throughout the structure by distributing stress and can be installed as one unit. The geodesic dome was patented in 1954 and today more than 300,000 can be found around the world.

R. Buckminster Fuller was, in his own words, “an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.” A highly celebrated pioneer, he received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 1983 and the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by Queen Elizabeth II. He died in Los Angeles in 1983. —Wright

(Photo: Wright)