on October 9, 2002
was a tremendous success. Thank you to
for the dome and all those volunteers.
Timberline Geodesics has graciously donated a 28' diameter, 18'
high wooden frame geodesic dome which we have erected in the lobby
of the Project Artaud
more than 30 years, Timberline
has been dedicated to designing Timberline
Geodesic Dome packages that make it easy, practical and affordable
for people to construct their own homes. They are a leading manufacturer
designer of geodesic domes used for housing and commercial applications.
Based in Berkeley, CA since 1969, Timberline
had domes built in all fifty states and many foreign countries.
They can be reached at 1-800-DOME-HOME (1-800-366-3466) or check
out their site and explore how you can build your very own Dome
in the dome are two wire mesh sculptures by Ruth Asawa (at left).
Ruth Asawa’s teachers, among them Buckminster Fuller, taught
her “that there is no separation between studying, performing
the daily chores of living, and creating one’s own work.”
She has lived that philosophy in a career that has combined success
as an artist, a mother, and a driving force in the introduction
of art programs into local schools. In San Francisco her public
commissions include the Mermaid Fountain at Ghiradelli Square and
the Hyatt Fountain at Union Square. Her sculptures are also included
in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, and
the Oakland Museum, where she has had an acclaimed retrospective
entitled “Completing the Circle.”
About Geodesic Domes
dome is the safest, strongest and most energy efficient building
structure. It takes less building materials to enclose usable living
or working areas in a dome than any other shaped structure. A dome
house is dome house is extremely safe, because it lacks the eaves
that allow wind to channel under a roof and rip off during a hurricane
or tornado. Domes are able to withstand heavy snow loads and high
extremes in temperature. The low centers of gravity and even weight
distribution also allow the house to hold up during earthquakes
because it moves with the earth as it shakes.Some
of the most popular geodesic domes known today are:
The Montreal Expo Dome created in 1967 by Bucky and dedicated
to his wife Anne.
2. The main entrance at EPCOT Center at Disney World in Florida
3. The Tacoma Dome in Washington State (at 530 feet in diameter,
it is the largest public geodesic dome covering a football field
4. Minneapolis Convention Center, expanding to 500,000 square
feet, under four low-profile domes
5. Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Conservatory with three geodesic
domes sitting on elliptical bases that provide tropical flower gardens
all year round
6. The Biosphere desert project in Arizona
7. The Des Moines Arboretum, a self-contained ecosphere
8. The Los Angeles city housing projects, with over two dozen
domes; in addition there are thousands of family residences and
"cabins" throughout North America.
Fuller was commissioned by the United States government to erect
the famous dome at the World's Fair - Expo '67/Montreal. Click
here for more info about Bucky's Expo 67 dome.