CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Many people might not be excited to have two large ceramic dogs arrive at their home, but for the members of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Not-For-Profit, the dogs — and other artifacts that came with them — are quite exciting.
The foo dogs, or lion dogs, were owned by R. Buckminster and Anne Fuller and sat in the living room area of their dome home in Carbondale when they lived there. In Chinese culture, they are believed to protect the building and the people within it.
The dogs were part of a donation delivered recently to the RBF Dome NFP from the Fuller family, daughter Allegra Fuller-Snyder and her children, Alexandria Snyder and Jamie Snyder.
The donation was part of the R. Buckminster Fuller archives, better known as the Dymaxion Chronofile. The Dymaxion Chronofile was Buckminster Fuller’s attempt to document his life as completely as possible.
Fuller was an inventor and academic who taught at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the 1960s. The RBF Dome NFP has been working to restore the geodesic dome-shaped house he built in Carbondale.
Included in the donation were 3,500 books Fuller had at his Carbondale “dome home” and office as well as numerous artifacts and furniture. The donation included Anne Fuller’s writing desk, a large woodcut that hung on the loft rails, a set of chairs designed by Charles Eames and a rustic wooden table. Some of the books are signed by the author with a note to the Fullers. Others have notations made by Fuller as he studied them.
Thad Heckman and Ed Cook held the large woodcut in the place it would hang to show others gathered to help move the artifacts.
“This is something because we didn’t think we’d ever get these,” Heckman said.
Heckman said the group knows where many of...