Do you love Bucky as much as I love Bucky?

Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I attended my first American Institute of Architects (AIA)  convention in 1976, the bicentennial year, set in Philadelphia.

The true highlight of the meeting was the opportunity to hear R.  Buckminster Fuller speak.

His lecture was held in the historic Furness Building of the Philadelphia Fine Arts Academy (a work of art itself), full of patterning in the same way Bucky’s Geodesic Domes repeated a sense of order greater than itself.

AND, speak he did!

It was thrilling.  Not so much for the hype, at that early point in my studies, I hardly knew the man.  But, for the ideas.

Sitting in the second row where I had eye contact with him (for that brief period where he kept his eyes open), I was fascinated by the breath and reach of his hypnotizing hypothesizing.  He lectured for at least 3 hours, maybe 4… and those sitting further back in the auditorium gradually ‘checked-out’ as his terms become broader and more conceptual and pure mathematical.  He had closed his eyes, taken his stool, and just talked with a few wild arm gestures thrown in.  I could feel it in waves as those in the rear lost interest.  Surely, the hard wooden pew-seating tested our endurance, made our butts sore.  Eventually, many sheepishly left, leaving the devotees in rapt awe listening with our eyes closed.

I had become a devotee–

There’s a new film out about Bucky, and I hope to find it soon.  Another devotee has taken a collection of images, put them to music, and taken it on the road appearing at film festivals around the country.  Read more about it here:   THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER. and here….

Published by Alexis Wittman

Artist, Designer, Writer, Facilitator living in Northern Michigan Architectural Engineer/Designer owner of Architectural Research + Design.

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