Reception to Celebrate “Bucky” & Opening of Fuller Dome Gallery

“The precise center of the Edwardsville miniature Earth is only four thousand miles distant from the real Earth’s center.”
–R. Buckminster Fuller, Geoview

An art-print by R. Buckminster Fuller

While known for many ideas and inventions, R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is most widely revered for his geodesic dome constructions around the world. Fuller was more than an architect though, he was an inventor, theorist, author, and a member of Southern Illinois University faculty from 1960-1974. While at the SIU, Fuller designed a transparent replica of planet Earth for the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability in collaboration with his design partner, Shoji Sadao. The dome first opened in 1971, leaving an indelible mark on the region.

On Friday, Nov. 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability will host an opening reception to celebrate the opening of the Fuller Dome Gallery located inside the dome. The opening will be an especially unusual and intimate experience as Bucky’s daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, and his granddaughter, Alexandra May will be in attendance. The gallery will also feature an exhibition of Fuller’s art-print portfolio, Inventions: Twelve Around One, with the University Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Meridian Society sponsoring the exhibit. The print-portfolio features 13 of his most significant inventions and was gifted to the center in 2017 by the Estate of Buckminster Fuller and was accessioned into the SIUE University Museum’s Permanent Collection in cooperation with the SIUE Foundation.

The event is free and all members of the community are invited to attend in celebration of the world-renowned architect and opening of the Fuller Dome Gallery. Tickets for private events during the weekend with Bucky’s family are available and can be purchased on The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability’s website:

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