R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models
Organized thirty-five years after his passing in Los Angeles, the exhibition is the first of its kind in the city and represents an opportunity to reflect upon his comprehensive perspective on the world and humanity. The exhibition will be accompanied by two public programs collaboratively organized and presented with the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models surveys many of Fuller’s most important inventions and cultural contributions. The exhibition centers around the Inventions portfolio, a limited-edition print collection of Fuller’s key innovations including the 4D House, the Dymaxion Car and the Geodesic Dome, representing just a few of the more than thirty patents he holds.
An extraordinary group of wire and steel tensegrity models, representing architectural systems that explore structural design and are based on repeatable geometric elements, are the highlight of the exhibition. They include The Triad, a group of his most significant innovations and the only set of works existing outside of a major museum collection. Other examples of larger sculptural models included in the exhibition are the Closest Packing of Spheres, the Duo-Tet Star Polyhedras, and the functional Dymaxion Rowing Needle, a 21-foot dual hull rowing shell intended for use on choppy waters.
Produced in the last years of his life, these works are part of a group of multiples that explore and present his theories of structural design. Fuller’s objects and prints function not only as models of the mathematical and geometric properties underlying their construction but also as elegant works of art. As such, the works represent the hybridity of Fuller’s practice, and his legacy across the fields of art, design, science, and engineering. The exhibited works were produced in collaboration with Carl Solway Gallery and have been long held away from public view in several private collections.