The design was borrowed from a 1973 edition of Popular Science and was improved upon to meet the rigors of the Black Rock Desert. These domes have served as an effective shelter against wind, extreme heat and, once painted, rainfall.
The largest of the three domes in the picture opposite measures approximately 12' 7" in diameter and is about 6' 3" high at its center. We recommend building the largest one. All the measurements throughout this web site relate to the largest size. They are fairly inexpensive to build as recycled cardboard is the main component and, if water-based paint is used, can be burned. The domes are strong enough to attach decorative pieces and lighting components to the inside. Assembly time, on site, is 3 to 4 hours for 3 people constructing one dome with the appropriate tools. dome link
In 1985 a newallotrope of carbon (C60) was discovered. Sixty carbonatoms form the shape of a
ball like a football with a
carbon atom at each corner of the 20
hexagons and 12
Each carbon atom (shown below as a
circle) has three bonds.
The size of the molecule is almost
exactly 1nm in
The ratio of the size of an
ordinary soccer ball to the planet
Earthis the same as
the ratio of the size of a C60molecule to a soccer
These are not called giantmolecules because there are only sixty
A largenumber of these molecules can fit together
to form a transparent yellowsolid called fullerite.
This form of carbon
was named after the American architectBuckminster Fuller,
who was famous for designing a large geodesic dome
which looked similar (sort of) to the molecular structure of C60.
Many other balls of carbon
have since been made, including C70, C76, and C84.
These molecules have become known
The plaster painted color form project was designed and
manufactured in 1996-97 at David Higginbotham’s Canal St. studio in NYC.
These simple geometric shapes are made from individual cardboard molds,
hand painted with pigment inks and designed to be used as modular