DYMAX REDUX

Tue, Nov 4, 12am - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12am

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The Buckminster Fuller Institute, in collaboration with the Wythe Hotel, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the Institute for Sustainable Design, has staged an exhibition of re-interpretations of Buckminster Fuller's iconic Dymaxion Map
 
Exhibit on View: November 4 – November 23, 2014 at The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Subways: Bedford (L), East River Ferry from 34th St. Landing. The show is free and open to the public seven days a week in the lead up to our November 20th Challenge Celebration!
 
Seventy years ago Life Magazine published Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map. With an undistorted projection of the Earth’s surface, ability to be easily reconfigured and transform from a 2-D map to a 3-D globe, the Dymaxion Map was a cartographic breakthrough and its iconic design has inspired generations since.
 
In celebration of the map’s publication anniversary, the Buckminster Fuller Institute ran DYMAX REDUX: a crowdsourcing design comp etition for today’s graphic designers, visual artists, and citizen cartographers to create a new and inspiring interpretation of the Dymaxion Map. With over 300 people, from 42 different countries, registering for the project, BFI selected one winner (now available as a poster in the BFI online store) and 10 other finalists based on originality, aesthetic beauty and informative qualities. Three entries chosen by three guest critics were also highlighted: graphic designer Nicholas Felton; artist Mary Mattingly; and Dymaxion Map cartographer and Fuller’s close friend and associate, Shoji Sadao.
 
 
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