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Museum getting a massive geodesic dome with 61 glass eyes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/29/2016 By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas museum that moved a Frank Lloyd Wright home onto its grounds will add one of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes next summer.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will erect a 50-foot "Fly's Eye Dome" near a sculpture garden on its north lawn. Illustrations show what looks like a giant golf ball amid a stand of trees.

Museum curators say the dome meets their mission of demonstrating innovations in American architecture, just like Wright's Bachman-Wilson House did in 2015.

Fuller hoped that the glass-and-fiberglass dome might revolutionize housing by making homes cheaper to build and move. The home has 11 dozen fiberglass panels and 61 glass eyes. Curators say that Fuller, who died in 1983, got the idea after seeing a picture of a fly in a newspaper.

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