Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Noguchi Museum

This is from the sculpture garden at the Noguchi Museum in Queens. Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was an American sculptor whose Queens studio is now a museum dedicated to his work. I went there a couple weeks ago for the exhibit "Best of Friends: R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi".

The best part of Noguchi's collaboration with Fuller was the bizarre Dymaxion car, a three wheeled bubble Fuller made in 1933. There were three Dymaxions made. Fuller's intention was to mass produce them, but investors were scarce because of the depression and a crash in which the driver died. There is a scale model of the car in the Noguchi Museum exhibit.

In the photo -- Fuller, at age 85, posing with a Dymaxion and a dome of his design.



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