A beautiful, used geodesic dome, has been gifted to BOURNE allotment community who have no UNDER COVER shelter to come together for events. Meetings require renting a space. We have people for whom events in cold/wet weather is a health risk and gatherings are limited without shelter.
The dome, an arts project created & donated by artists Darren Ray & Andy Webster, was made from recycled materials. A magical naturally lit space with transparent top panels revealing the sky, the dome is visually exciting outside and profoundly calming inside. But it needs repairs. On an unused communal plot we will renovate & waterproof the dome together in workshops with co-creator Darren Ray, making flooring, waterproofing & learning skills which, with a new tools library, will ensure maintenance & sustainability. We will make seating & create a surrounding green space with fruit trees & wildflowers. The project aims to inspire other communities whom we can help to make their own shelter.
What we'll deliver:
- A Renewed Dome Shelter 6m diameter, 3m high.
- Workshops: Skills & Building
- Community Tools Library
- Wood Flooring for Dome
- Green Space with Fruit Trees and Wildflowers
- Outdoor seating
Why it's a great idea:
The project will bring community together in physical & social activity learning new skills as we renew the dome and create a green space where there was unused ground.
Sited adjacent to a new wildlife pond it will be perfect for events like:
- shared lunches & meetings
- educational talks & workshops
- fundraising & outreach
- site related group activities.
It will ensure inclusion for older plotholders providing protection from wet/cold conditions once it is floored & waterproofed & opportunities to connect with neighbours & other groups, bring people together more often and offer a space for enhanced wellbeing and less isolation.
It is an inspiring environmentally aware example of reuse and recycling. We hope to help other groups we know who are interested in building their own shelter. It gives us post pandemic hope and in renewing the dome we will renew our community and together create something beautiful and uplifting that we can be very proud of & share with others!
Steps to get it done:
- Create a community tools library
- Deliver workshops to teach skills, renewing & waterproofing
- Build wooden flooring inside dome
- Provide seating and table
- Plant fruit trees and wildflower
- Lay woodchip
Our dome has been exhibited several times as an arts project based on the 1970s Drop City settlement in Colorado, US. This was a place for 'Droppers' - inventors, artists & free thinkers trying experimental ways of living. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller they built geodesic domes from recycled materials & reclaimed timber.
Artists Ray & Webster drew inspiration from this approach to shelter building & its relevance today. Our dome has been exhibited & rebuilt & repurposed already many times (www. darrenray.co.uk).
We transferred the dismantled dome before first lockdown. Council undertook to clear & level the overgrown communal plot to site the dome but this was postponed in lockdown so eventually we did it ourselves working very hard, safely, over many sessions. With Darren’s help we erected the dome & covered it to store over winter. It is in need of alteration, repair, waterproofing & safe flooring. We intend to be recycling where possible subject to pandemic restrictions.