PRINT March 1967

An Interview with Kenneth Snelson

Q. IT HAS BEEN GENERALLY ASSUMED that your sculpture is based upon Buckminster Fuller’s principles. I understand that the reverse is true—that the original idea involved in the structure of your sculpture was invented solely by yourself. Is this true?

A. Yes. But I am not a technologist. Most of my work has been to find out how to do these sculptures in order to get them to stay together. There hasn’t been anyone who has been able to show me a book, give me a lecture, or teach me anything on this method. I have been in contact with many areas of technology to ask how I could do what I am doing. No one has previously solved this kind of problem. What I have been trying to do is to find the ultimately unobtrusive and simple way of expressing form in this fashion. Only in the last four months have I reached the most utterly simple idea. If you look at my recent work you may well ask why the

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