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Home | Exhibitions | Past Exhibitions | 1998 | Buckminster Fuller (November 21, 1998 - April 4, 1999 )

Buckminster Fuller - Inventions

Geodesic Dome
R. Buckminster Fuller
(American, 1895-1983)
Building Construction/Geodesic Dome
(detail)
from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One
1981
Serigraph on polyester
(98.6.6.1)
Gilbreath-McLorn Museum Fund
purchased in honor of Professor Osmund Overby upon his retirement

This exhibition provided a visit into the futuristic world of inventor and architect R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). The Museum acquired thirteen designs by Fuller, including the geodesic dome, the needle boat, and the Dymaxion house. Due to their large size, only five prints from the collection were displayed. However, the complete collection was seen via a slide projector in the gallery and was accompanied by audio commentary. The Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is an example of Fuller's geodesic dome. His octetruss design is a central building component of the International Space Station.

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