Just a few days ago, we published the eleven finalists of DYMAX REDUX, an open call launched in April by the Buckminster Fuller Institute to create a new and inspiring interpretation of Buckminster Fuller's 1943 Dymaxion Map. Now the winning designs have been announced.
"This was the first contest of its kind organized by BFI, and the response and interest has been amazing," said BFI Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson. "We are thrilled to have such a high-level of submissions and look forward to doing more similar initiatives in the future."
BFI will produce the winning entry as a poster and include it within its online educational resource store.
Winner: Dymaxion Woodocean World
Nicole Santucci + Woodcut Maps, United States
"Nicole Santucci and team created a wonderful display of global forest densities, an ever-increasing important issue with the continued abuses of deforestation. What's more an actual woodcut version of the map was made in the process, allowing the 2-D version to transform into an icosahedral globe. As BFI Store Coordinator Will Elkins put it "They went above and beyond our call by creating a powerful display of relevant information using the subject matter itself as a medium. The idea, craftsmanship and end result are stunning.""
Runner-Up: Clouds Dymaxion Map
Anne-Gaelle Amiot, France
"Anne-Gaelle Amiot used NASA satelitte imagery to create this absolutely beautiful hand-drawn depiction of a reality that is almost always edited from our maps: cloud patterns circling above Earth. Anne-Gaelle describes the idea and process "One of the particularism of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion projection is to give the vision of an unified world. From the space, the Earth appears to us coverd, englobed by the cloud masses which circulate around it. By drawing a static image, capture of clouds position in one particular moment, the sensation of a whole is created. The result have the aspect of an abstract pattern, a huge melt where it is impossible to dissociate lands, seas, oceans.""
In addition, the Institute has highlighted three entries that were chosen by the contest's guest critics - graphic designer Nicholas Felton, artist Mary Mattingly and Dymaxion Map cartographer and Bucky's close friend and associate, Shoji Sadao - as their favorite individual pick. The winner and runner-up along with the other nine finalists will be featured at an in-person exhibition at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, scheduled for later this fall.
Jury Pick: Map of My Family
Geoff Christou, Canada
"This map makes the best use of the Dymaxion projection, by hilighting information that is primarily land-based and allowing for the paths to extend in an unbroken fashion throughout the world." - Nicholas Felton
Jury Pick: Spaceship Earth: Climatic Regions
Ray Simpson, United States
"Eliminates human-made borders and focuses on mapping the shifting yet distinct climactic planes. This utopian projection relies only on geographic and geologic borders, truly a project Buckminster Fuller would appreciate." - Mary Mattingly
Jury Pick: In Deep Water
Amanda R. Johnson, United States
"A dramatic graphic take off on the map and gives important information about one of the basic problems that needs to be solved." - Shoji Sadao
All images courtesy of Buckminster Fuller Institue.