Bear Island sits within an archipelago of private islands off the coast of Maine in Penobscot Bay. About an hour boat ride from Camden, the island is only accessible via personal watercraft and is highly seasonal. The island is best know for being the childhood escape and lifelong retreat home of the American architect, inventor, designer and futurist Buckminster Fuller. Among the many small seasonal homes belonging to the Fuller family lay two original dome prototypes. Up island sits the first full size Tensegrity dome - a structure design and build by Fuller in the late 70s that has been restored various times throughout the last couple decades. Closer to the farm house is a prototype dome by Jay Baldwin and was commissioned by Fuller in the late 60s. Read more about Bear Island in this New Yorker article from 1996, here.
January 24, 2019