Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome Archive

Opening Summer 2017

Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller [1895-1983] is known for promoting the use of the geodesic dome as a lightweight, affordable housing option. An American architect, designer, and inventor, Fuller continues to inspire us today. Fuller’s 50-foot Fly’s Eye Dome, one of three prototypes he created of his design for efficient, inexpensive housing, was acquired by Crystal Bridges in 2016 and has now been installed on the museum’s north lawn. This focus exhibition features several drawings, models, and concept sketches that form part of the recently acquired Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome Archive. The materials show Fuller’s creative process that guided his team to develop the dome, and introduces his work and principles, while celebrating his passion for creativity and innovation.

Fly’s Eye Dome and the Fuller Archive Exhibition are sponsored by Ken and Liz Allen, Chip and Susan Chambers, The Harrison and Rhonda French Family, and Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation in memory of Maurice Jennings.