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‘The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller’

"The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" (Courtesy)

“The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” (Courtesy)

Buckminster Fuller was an iconic architect, designer, inventor and futurist.

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller,” a live documentary being performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday, brings the extraordinary, eccentric life of Fuller to the stage.

Fuller was born in 1895 in Milton, Mass. He attended Milton Academy and went on to Harvard, where he got kicked out for cutting his classes or “for general irresponsibility,” as Fuller said.

Buckminister Fuller's Geodesic Dome designed for Canada's Expo 67 in Montreal. (caribb/Flickr)

Buckminister Fuller’s Geodesic Dome designed for Canada’s Expo 67 in Montreal. (caribb/Flickr)

He became one of the 20th century’s most intriguing designers, creating futuristic structures called the Dymaxion House and the geodesic dome. Fuller was called a modern day Da Vinci, a Benjamin Franklin of the Space Age.

“I must be able to convert the resources of the Earth into higher and higher capability of service,” Fuller once said. “I must do more and more with less and less until I’ve reached a point when we can do so much as to be able to serve all men in respect to all of their needs.”

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green doesn’t depend on conventional film making for “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” Instead, he and the legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo will perform a live documentary experience on stage.

Green joins Radio Boston to talk about the production and the life of Fuller.

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