For her exhibition at the Renaissance Society, Mirra created Sky-wreck, a work based on the geodesic designs of Buckminster Fuller, utopian engineer, inventor, cartographer and architect, best remembered for the geodesic dome. Sky-wreck consists of 110 triangles cut from a coarse indigo cloth. It is a flattened polyhedral form that covered a large portion of the gallery floor. The work functions as one of Fuller’s dymaxion maps, in which he converted the globe into an unfolded polyhedral form that he then triangulated. Sky-Wreck, however, does not represent the surface of the earth, but rather the shell of sky known as the firmament. Flattened out, its edges are a literal representation of the heaven’s horizons.
Many of the scientific and spiritual sources from which Mirra drew her inspiration for Sky-wreck are documented on this poster, whose design is based on the label for Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. Like Fuller, Dr. Emmanuel Bronner also represents a breed of idiosyncratic, utopian thinker whose vision was to unite humanity.
18 x 24", double-sided
unfolded, shipped rolled