"Big ideas can be traded anywhere, from coffee shops to college lecture halls.
British artist Craig Barnes offers a slightly more unique option: a retro-chic orb " one of 100 made in the 1960s " that Barnes himself has refurbished.
It`s called a Futuro house, and it`s a come-all venue for thinkers and visionaries that sits on the roof at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where it will stay until next September.
Over the next year, visitors are encouraged to come discuss the world`s biggest issues in a space perfectly fit for forward-thinking."
"Futuro, or Futuro House, is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The distinctive flying saucer-like shape and airplane hatch entrance has made the houses popular among collectors. The Futuro is composed of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, polyester-polyurethane, and poly(methylmethacrylate), measuring 13 feet (4 meters) high and 26 feet (8 meters) in diameter."
There are a gazillion and one videos of flying saucers posted on YouTube, and all of them are blurry, and it takes a vivid imagination and hallucinogens to interpret them as spaceships. There are also a gazillion and one photographs of flying saucers posted on dubious Web sites and published on tabloids, and they are out-of-focus, and only a UFO nut would accept them as proof that extraterrestrials have visited our little blue planet.
But there are a few dozen Futuro houses still intact; these mobile homes built in the 1960`s resemble flying saucers.
If you want to see a flying saucer, or at least a house that looks like one, visit the Central Martins College of Art and Design in London.
But don`t waste your time searching the skies for UFO`s, you won`t see one unless you drop acid or hit a bong.
Visitors to the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London are invited to sit inside the Futuro house and ponder the great mysteries of the universe. UFOlogists would be well-advised to visit the Futuro house, they might be inspired to do something more productive than report fake UFO sightings, perhaps write a science fiction novel.
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