Throughout his career, the architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller worked to bring his wild ideas to the public. Some, like his utopian vision for Harlem, never came to fruition. Others, like his geodesic domes, have popped up in various forms around the world.
Many of his inventions got a real-world prototype, and all of them were the product of detailed line drawings that served as blueprints for his big ideas. In a new exhibition at the Edward Cella Art & Architecture gallery in Los Angeles, we can see how Fuller brought those two things together through a series of self-promotional posters he crafted near the end of his career with the help of Carl Solway Gallery.
The posters feature a photo of a Fuller invention—the Dymaxion Car, Geodesic Dome, and a Tensile-Integrity Structure, for example—overlaid with an illustration of the concept. The blueprint illustrations are screen printed in white ink on a clear polyester film that can sit atop the photograph of the project, creating a multi-layered print that promotes the visions in a striking way.
That Fuller created these himself is notable. You can imagine that it was a way to prove that his ideas, as wild and structurally complicated as they might seem, were in some cases realized—and often to his original specifications.
The show will run from September 8 to November 3, during which the posters are available to purchase at $7,000 a piece.
Via: Fast Company