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SIU Celebrates Earth Month at Bucky’s Haven

April 21, 2021

In honor of Earth Month, SIU professors and students attended the celebration at Bucky’s Haven on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, near Campus Lake, in Carbondale, Ill. The event consisted of talking about the dome structure, sharing sound reflections inside the dome and taking part in meditation.

The celebration was supposed to take place during the  Fall semester, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it to Spring 2021. “Over 10 years ago, I happened to inquire about the Fuller dome home and ended up taking a brief role in the organization as it started the work of restoration,” Elizabeth Donoghue, organizer of the event said.

The event lasted for two hours starting from 4:00 p.m. and the meditation started at 5:00 p.m, which was accompanied by music prepared by Gabriel Bonansinga. 

The dome was built with the same geometry and proportions found in nature and it is one of the best examples of sustainable design. “The geometry that forms a sacred geometry feels like a temple and adding this art installation was done in that spirit,” Benjamin Lowder said, the artist for the recent art installation inside the walls of the dome.

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Donoghue wants the dome to be used widely during small events so that people can know the importance of this kind of structure. The pieces of pentagon-shaped mandalas art has been installed by Lowder to make the dome more attractive and was made from the reclaimed wood.

Staff Photographer Monica Sharma can be reached at [email protected] or on Instagram at @msclicks.

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    Judy A AshbyApr 22, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Well done, Elizabeth, Ben, & Joystna. The installation is beautiful and the sign a much-needed explanation. Even the egrets flying over Campus Lake tuned in to Gabriel’s music. What a wonderful way to enhance Bucky’s spirit at SIU.

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