CHARAS, The Improbable Dome Builders, by Syeus Mottel
To be published 11/17
Introduction written by R. Buckminster Fuller.
Includes a new interview with Michael Ben-Eli.
CHARAS, The Improbable Dome Builders documents a community in New York's Lower East Side in the 1960s, and their desire to build a geodesic dome in a reclaimed vacant lot underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Among the city's struggling street life and systemic racism, Carlos “Chino” Garcia and Angelo Gonzalez, Jr., two friends that had been involved in gang life from an early age, are at the center of the CHARAS story. It is a story of a unique project inspired by Buckminster Fuller and mentored by Michael Ben-Eli. Several of the other men who would join CHARAS were also ex gang leaders or members and had been moved in and out of the prison system while watching friends and loved ones succumb to drugs, poverty and violence. Touching on a range of topics still very relevant today, including affordable housing, community autonomy, education and rehabilitation, “This book is dedicated to everything that is.”
First published by Drake Publishers in 1973, The Song Cave is very excited to co-publish this new edition with Pioneer Works.
Syeus Mottel was a photographer, theater director and producer, and was the exclusive photographer of Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio as well as Media Consultant to R. Buckminster Fuller. He passed away in 2014.