Dome exhibit in Chicago

April 10, 2009 3:36:41 PM PDT
Chicago's Merchandise Mart will soon display a big new exhibit that should have visitors looking skyward.The Fly's-Eye Dome reaches 24-feet high and will be featured at this year's International Fair of Contemporary and Modern Art at the Merchandise Mart.

Designed in 1977 by American designer and architect Buckminster Fuller, the hardware structure consists of 50 fiberglass pieces from 1977.

The sculpture weighs 3,500 pounds.

The prototype was fabricated in California and is courtesy of Max Protetch Gallery in New York.

Buckminster Fuller originally conceived the dome as a living structure with fiberglass windows in each hole and intended to harness wind and solar energy.

Fuller was concerned with how humanity can survive long term on planet earth.

The dome exhibit runs from May 1-4 with a preview on April 30.


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