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Celebrating Buckminster Fuller's 122nd birthday

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CARBONDALE -- Well-known architect, designer and former SIU professor Buckminster Fuller would have turned 122 years old Wednesday, and a celebration will honor the groundbreaking designer in Carbondale.

Epcot reminds many people of the Happiest Place on Earth, but to others, it reminds them of an innovative man with ties to SIU. Fuller taught at SIU for over 10 years, and lived in a unique dome house currently under restoration.

While Fuller enjoys a worldwide reputation, people here at home sometimes forget his contributions.

"I walk into Indonesia and Thailand and India and the first thing people say after I say 'SIU' is Buckminster Fuller," said Jon Davey, president of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome NFP. "He's well known internationally. He needs to be more known at home itself."

Which is why on July 12, Bucky's 122nd birthday, the Science Center in Carbondale will hold a party celebrating his legacy.

"The biggest thing that we like about Bucky around here is that Bucky was one of those people who really redefined how things should be," explains Science Center General Manager Josh Morale. "He was really able to think outside the box and kind of show how things could be different."

The Science Center will use the party to launch its new area dedicated to Buckminster Fuller, but not just to show off his work. They hope it encourages kids who visit the museum to think outside the box.

"I would like them to be able to take a look and see some of the things that Bucky's done, and get the realization that I can think different ways and still achieve amazing results," Morale said.

While we may best know Bucky for his unique geodesic domes, his unique design and style has inspired many.

"Yes, he was an architect, but he was more than that in his thinking and everything. We need to draw off that and continue off that thinking he started," Davey adds.

That birthday party with take place Wednesday at the Science Center in the University Mall, starting at 7 p.m. It's open to the public, with free admission.

For more information, click here, call the Science Center at (618) 529-5431, or email them at si.sciencecenter@gmail.com

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