Kenneth Snelson

As a sculptor, Kenneth Snelson is concerned with nature in its primary aspect and the patterns of physical forces in space. During his time in Black Mountain College in 1948, he first came into contact with R. Buckminster Fuller. It was in Black Mountain College that Snelson began to conduct pioneering experiments with the discontinuous compression structures that formed the basis of many of his sculptural works. R. Buckminster Fuller later coined the term "tensegrity" to describe such structures. Snelson's works are in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and Stanford University. In addition to his sculptural work, Snelson has published a book of panoramic photographs, Full Circle (1990), and has conducted research on computer generated models of the atom. He has also filed U.S. patents for atomic forms and discontinuous compression structures. For further information and images of artworks, see
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