During one of my visits to Richard Berger’s Masterpieces of the Earth Gallery, I could not help but wonder how my mentor and teacher Buckminster Fuller would have responded to Berger’s unique Earth artifacts. Berger’s Gallery is filled with giant crystals and other natural formations that words cannot truly describe. Some of these crystals are as large as refrigerators and weigh 7,000 plus pounds.
I am fairly certain that Bucky would call them “Earth artifacts” (with the name of our planet capitalized, as it should be) because they are physical structures that were created naturally and adhere to the Generalized Principles he sought to discover and utilize. Looking through “Bucky eyes” at the crystals and other Earth elements that Berger’s company Museum Associates has gathered over four decades, I could not help but notice that each is a unique entity, yet each also adhered to a specific structural pattern. They are unique but they cannot help but fall into the Generalized Principles that govern all relative reality.
I have no doubt that had Bucky been there with me, he’d have explained the Synergetic Math visible in each piece and used them to defend his Synergetic Mathematics over conventional math and knowledge. When looking at any crystal, one can’t help but notice that almost all the angles are triangulated because (just as Bucky taught) the triangle is nature’s only effective and efficient building system. And when one gets to experience and examine crystals several feet long such as those in Berger’s Masterpieces of the Earth Collection, one can’t help but be aware of this ongoing pattern. Berger does have a few crystals that have square or rectangular formations, but upon closer examination, one can see that the right angle forms are actually built upon internal triangles. As Bucky so often told us, “only triangle has integrity; only triangle holds its shape without external support.”
So, as I wandered through the Masterpieces of the Earth Gallery, I was struck by the perfect integrity of each crystal and formation, from the tiniest geode to the enormous 7,000-pound crystals. Each is perfect in and of itself. Each has a unique integrity, just as every sentient being on Earth has a unique integrity of mission and purpose. The Masterpieces of the Earth Collection displays that integrity in a way I have never experienced.
Buckminster Fuller was a master of the broad perspective, and in Berger’s gallery I could almost sense him reminding me (as he did for so many so often) to “pay attention, dear boy.” With that message resonating in my head, whenever I am with the Collection, I do my best to feel and see more than the enormity of the pieces on display. I find myself observing and somewhat understanding the message that these Earth ambassadors have to share with us all. We live on a planet that is essentially a fragile miracle of structure, pattern and integrity, and it’s our job to maintain it for all sentient beings, including future generations of humans.
May all people awaken to the amazing possibilities that crystals and other natural Earth structures help us to see and understand.