If you have visited campus in the past 10 years you might have walked past this silver “jungle gym” and wondered: What is it? Where did it come from? And, why it is here?
The official name of this type of structure is a geodesic dome; it was made famous by 20th-century inventor and visionary R. Buckminster Fuller. At SUNY Oswego, the geodesic dome is 20 feet in diameter with 3-inch aluminum struts, and it has lived in a few places on campus—including in front of Wilber Hall—before landing in its current location in the quad between Park and Rich halls.
Oswego’s dome was erected in 2008 as part of a program called “Geodesic Structures: Build a Dome for Bucky’s Birthday.” Thirty dome builders and students came together to build the dome at the direction of 43-year SUNY Oswego faculty member and Fuller scholar, John Belt. Today, the structure continues to honor Fuller and and to inspire the creativity and innovation that goes into all design.
A close look at SUNY Oswego Professor John Belt’s Studio in 202 Park Hall