Cole Gerst, author and illustrator of the recently published Buckminster Fuller, Poet of Geometry, has created a wonderful tribute to the man often called “Grandfather of the Universe.” Even thirty years after his death, Fuller’s ideas and inventions resonate as being somewhat impractical, greatly needed and from the future.
In this book Gerst displays Fuller’s primary inventions and ideas in a way that makes them accessible to anyone in a beautiful, creative, coffee table volume that calls us to linger over both the images and the precise words. Poet of Geometry follows in Bucky’s footsteps as it demonstrates (just as Bucky did so often and as John Denver wrote in his tribute to Bucky) “what one man can do.”
The beautifully designed (what else would you expect from a graphic designer?) book is colorful and brings Bucky’s vision to life in a way that will cause readers (and those who just want to linger at the illustrations) to reconsider Bucky’s “out of the box” perspective and ideas and how each of us can apply them to our individual lives. It reminds us that one person can make a real difference in this world, and that we can each make our contribution with a beauty and grace that is reflected in every page of Poet of Geometry.
If you’re looking for a simple introduction to Buckminster Fuller or a beautiful reminder of what Bucky devoted his life to in order to manifest his vision of “a world that works for everyone,” Poet of Geometry is the perfect artifact for you. And it’s a great tool to introduce younger generations to the mystical, yet practical essence of Bucky Fuller.
May we all learn and grow from this book and all the seeds that Bucky planted on the planet he named Spaceship Earth.