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The Legend of Theseus with a Detail of the Cretan Labyrinth, Giclee Print
Theseus with a Detail
of the Cretan Labyrinth,
Giclee Print


Daedalus, or “Cunning Worker”, from Greek mythology, is mentioned by both Homer and Ovid as creating the labyrinth to keep the Minotaur. A strict definition of a labyrinth is a “structures with a single-path ... to the center ... an unambiguous through-route to the center and back ... not designed to be difficult to navigate”, as opposed to a maze, that was meant to confuse.

Daedalus and Icarus, 15th Century Woodcut, Giclee Print
Daedalus & Icarus,
Giclee Print

Daedalus most cunning work may have been wings he created so he and his young son Icarus could escape from King Minos who had imprisoned them to prevent the secret of the labyrinth leaving Crete.

FYI - James Joyce chose the name Stephen Dedalus for his major character suggesting that he could “fly” above the constraints of culture and society.

The Colossus of Mount Athos, Macedonia, by Dinocrates, the Architect of Alexander the Great, Giclee Print
The Colossus of
Mount Athos,
Giclee Print

fl last quarter 4th century BC; Greece

Dinocrates of Rhodes, architect and technical adviser to Alexander the Great, is known for planning the city of Alexandria, among other structures.

The Colossus of Mount Athos was in his first plans for a city glorifying Alexander. Alexander rejected the Mount Athos as an inhospitable site.

Designers Charles Eames and Wife Ray Eames Filming Toy Trains at Their Studio, Photographic Print
Charles & Ray Eames Filming Toy Trains
at Their Studio,
Photographic Print

Charles & Ray Eames

Charles Eames (b. 6-17-1907, St. Louis, MO; d. 8-21-1978) and his wife Ray (b. 12-15-1912, Sacramento, CA; d. 8-21-1988) produced industrial, furniture and graphic design, art, film and architecture iconic of the 20th century.

Designer House by Charles Eames, Photographic Print
Designer House by Charles Eames, Photographic Print

The Eames House was a Case Study project to “design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes” that could be reproduced to allievated the housing shortage brought about by returning soldiers after World War II.

The Eames also produced the short film “The Powers of Ten”, which was inspired by Kees Boeke's 1957 essay/book Cosmic View.

Gustave Eiffel French Engineer, Giclee Print
Gustave Eiffel,
Giclee Print

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
b. 12-15-1832; Dijon, France
d. 12-27-1923; Paris

Eiffel, a French structural engineer and architect specializing in metal structures, is most remembered for designing the Eiffel Tower (built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris). world tree

Statue of Liberty, Paris, Art Print
Statue of Liberty, Paris,
Art Print

Eiffel also designed the armature for sculptor Frederic Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty in New York.

Another of Eiffel's designs, one for a wine tasting rotunda at the Exposition Universalle 1900, is now known as La Ruche (the beehive), a building that was dismantled and relocated to Montparnesse as low cost artist's residence and studio space that flourished until World War II.

Eiffel: The Genius Who Reinvented Himself

Andrew Ellicott, Print
Andrew Ellicott, Print

Andrew Ellicott
b. 1-24-1754; Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
d. 8-28-1820; West Point, NY

Surveyor Andrew Ellicott laid out the boundaries of the District of Columbia and then continued and completed the work of L'Enfant design for Washington, DC.

FYI - Ellicott served in the Continental Army despite being raised as a Quaker.

Andrew Ellicott: His Life and Letters

R. Buckminster Fuller, Photographic Print
R. Buckminster Fuller,
Photographic Print

R. Buckminster Fuller
b. 7-12-1895; Milton, Massachusetts
d. 7-1-1983; Los Angeles

Bucky Fuller was an American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, poet and visionary.

Fuller was primarily concerned with the question “Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?” Further he wanted to know how an average individual without special monetary means or academic degree, could do to improve humanity's condition that large organizations, governments, or private business could not do.

Dymaxion House, Art Print
Dymaxion House,
Art Print

Buckminster Fuller was the great nephew of feminist and author Margaret Fuller, developed the geodesic dome (geodesics are a network of great circles lying approximately on the surface of a sphere), designed the Dymaxion House, attended a Froebelian kindergarten, and has the fullerene, a carbon molecule, named for him.

“All children are born geniuses. 9999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently, degeniused by grown-ups. This happens because human beings are born naked, helpless, and though superbly equipped cerebrally, utterly lacking in experience, therefore utterly ignorant. Their delicate sensing equipment is, as yet, untried. Born with build-in hunger, thirst, curiosity, the procreative urge, they can only learn what humanity has learned by trial and error, by billions and billions of errors. Yet humanity is also endowed with self-deceiving pride. All those witnessing the errors of others proclaim that they (the witnesses) could have prevented those errors had they only been consulted. “People should not make mistakes” they mistakenly say. Motivated entirely by love, but also by fear for the futures of the children they love, parents, in their ignorance, act as though they know all the answers and curtail the spontaneous exploratory acts of their children lest the children make “mistakes”. But genius does its own thinking; it has confidence in its own exploratory findings, in its own intuitions, in the knowledge gained from its own mistakes. Nature has her own gestation rates for evolutionary development.
The actions of parents represent the checks and balances of nature's gestation control. Humanity can evolve healthily only at a given rate. Maria Montessori was fortunately permitted to maintain, sustain, and cultivate her innate genius. Her genius invoked her awareness of the genius inherent in all children. Her intuition and initiative inspired her to discover ways of safeguarding this genius while allaying fears of parents. But the way was not always easy. Hers was the difficult frontiering task of genius.”

Buckminster Fuller

Buckminsterfullerenes (Buckyballs)
Fullerenes (Buckyballs)

Critial Path by R. Buckminster Fuller
Fuller Projection Global Map - Our Spaceship Earth
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