Sunday, January 24, 2010

Reflection to Buckminster Fuller

Call me Trimtab.
---- Bucky (Grave of Buckminster Fuller)

The Dome Over Manhattan Island designed by Buckminster Fuller reminds me of the Bubble within Egyptian Religion.

Dome Over Manhattan Island

Ancient Egyptian Goddess Shu

Ancient Egyptians believed that they lived in a bubble, which protected them from chaos. The goddess Shu separates the sky and the earth, and the sun dies every night only to come back to life each morning. I don’t understand why Fuller chose to isolate Manhattan from the world – at least it seems like that was his intension to me – and I also don’t think it fits Fuller’s “socio-economic system” that he was trying to build.

Fuller was an architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. But he seemed more like a careerist to me. He blamed everything on the death of his first daughter, and I think he lost his mind after that. Artists are crazy, we all know that.

But can we even call Fuller an artist? We can say his creations began as oversized sculptures, but now these sculptures are widely accepted as architecture. The structure of Montreal Biosphere can now be found everywhere.

I love architecture, I wanted to be an architect when I was little, but Buckminster Fuller’s designs are too futuristic for me to handle. Sorry, Bucky.

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