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Portfolio of thirteen screenprints and text by Buckminster Fuller, designed in collaboration with Chuck Byrne and published by the Carl Solway Gallery. The portfolio was produced under the supervision of Buckminster Fuller by Colophon, Cinicinnati, Ohio. The edition is limited to 60 numbered portfolios (1-60) and 20 hors commerce (I-XX). Each of the thirteen prints consists of two 30" x 40" screenprinted sheets, one of which illustrates drawings for a patent invention by Fuller, and the second sheet illustrates the realization of the concept. These two sheets may be presented separately, in two frames; or together, as an overlay, in one frame.
The patent invention drawings are screenprinted in white ink on a clear polyester film. A plain blue backing sheet, provided with each print, may be placed under the clear film patent drawings to create the effect of a blueprint. The accompanying photo realization of each invention is a screenprint on Lenox 100 percent rag paper. The text pages and blue backing sheets are Curtis Tweedweave 100 percent rag paper (made especially for the portfolio).
Printed catalogue containing reproductions of the portfolio contents is included.
4D HOUSE. United States Patent Office file no. 1,793, submitted April 1, 1928, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
MOTOR VEHICLE - DYMAXION CAR, United States Patent Office no. 2,101,057, filed October 18, 1933, serial no. 694, 068, granted December 7, 1937, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
PREFABRICATED DYMAXION BATHROOM, United States Patent Office no. 2,220,482, filed May 12, 1938, serial no. 207,518, granted November 5, 1940, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION - DYMAXION DEPLOYMENT UNIT (SHEET), United States Patent Office no. 2,343,764, filed March 21, 1941, serial no. 384, 509, granted March 7, 1944, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
DYMAXION DWELLING MACHINE - WICHITA HOUSE, United States Patent Office, filed March 16, 1946, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION/ GEODESIC DOME, United States Patent Office no. 261, 168, granted June 29, 1954, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
SYNERGETIC BUILDING CONSTRUCTION - OCTETRUSS, United States Patent Office no. 2,986, 241, filed February 7, 1956, serial no. 563, 931, granted May 30, 1961, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
TENSILE-INTEGRITY STRUCTURES - TENSEGRITY, United States Patent Office no. 3,063,521, filed August 31, 1959, serial no. 837, 073, granted November 13, 1962, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
UNDERSEA ISLAND - SUBMARISLE, United States Patent Office no. 3,080,583, filed June 8, 1959, serial no. 818, 935, granted March 12, 1963, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
GEODESIC STRUCTURES - MONOHEX, United States Patent Office no. 3,197,927, filed December 19, 1961, serial no. 160, 450, granted August 3, 1965, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
LAMINAR GEODESIC DOME, United States Patent Office no. 3,203,144, filed May 27, 1960, serial no. 32,268, granted August 31, 1965, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
WATERCRAFT - ROWING NEEDLES, United States Patent Office no. 3,524,422, filed March 28, 1968, serial no. 716,957, granted August 19, 1970, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
NON-SYMMETRICAL, TENSION-INTEGRITY STRUCTURES, United States Patent Office no. 3,866, 366, filed August 7, 1973, serial no. 386, 302, granted February 18, 1975, inventor: Buckminster Fuller
Signature: Each of the thirteen prints in the portoflio is hand-signed and numbered by Buckminster Fuller on the clear film element.
Best known for popularizing the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller produced theories and contributions to science, architecture, and design that amounted to a sweeping and utopian vision for the future. Self-described as a “comprehensive, anticipatory design scientist,” Fuller sought to alter the landscape of daily life with his prefabricated homes and cutting-edge vehicles. “My objective was humanity’s comprehensive success in the universe,” he once said. His projects include the “Dymaxion” house and car, whose simplicity and adaptability to different landscapes were intended for mass production and efficient living, though neither was ever made widely available. The spirit of Fuller’s inventiveness remains influential to present-day entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors alike.
American, 1895-1983, Milton, Massachusetts, based in Los Angeles, California