TWO x TWO for AIDS is a contemporary art auction benefiting American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the Dallas Museum of Art. The gala is organized once a year in October, at the residence of American philanthropists, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky in Dallas, Texas. This year, the organizers decided to enrich the event program with the unveiling of one of the most expensive paintings by an American illustrator Norman Rockwell, as well as an auction of works of art from the collection of Israel Lund, Garth Weiser, Ugo Rondinone, Saburo Murakami, Rosemarie Trockel, Chiyu Uemae, Luc Tuymans, conducted by a well-known patron of arts, chairman Christen Wilson.
The auction, banquet, as well as the accompanying artistic performances were held in our geodesic dome tent Freedome 700 !
Freedomes geodesic dome tent covering the area of over 700m 2 was set on a special, one meter tall rise, in order to protect an underlying sculpture by Robert Irwin. The operation was a quite a challenge. Fortunately, much to the delight (resp. disappointment) of the U.S. press, this well-planned action has been completed successfully, never slipping out of control of our experienced assembly team. With such secured foundation, we could begin putting the geodesic structure together, starting with the careful arrangement of Freedomes Premium Floor components.
Construction process itself ran smoothly, while generating a lot of media interest, who were clearly intrigued by what was happening on the other side of the fence of the Rachofsky mansion. Are the Rachofskys building a Biosphere 3? – asked Dallas FrontBuster reporting the crane putting on the snow-white, blackout PVC membrane. Mentioning the press, it is impossible to forget the article in the American VOGUE, which extensively covered everything what was going on at the mansion. Although we did not make the cover this time, there’s no reason to complain, especially considering the published pictures of our geodesic dome structure, in a rather unusual Hollywood spotlight.
During the event, performances of music stars from all around the world have been taking place. Due to the large volume of the spherical event tent, to compensate for the echo effect, and improve the sound quality, the top of the geodesic dome structure was lined with material, and additional lighting was mounted on a suspended aluminum traverse that came along with the other elements of this magnificent geodesic structure.
The event ended with a great success, not only taking into account logistical, social, or artistic aspects, but most of all, the fact that the Rachofsky raised more than $ 5,000,000, handed over to amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. What’s more, after the successful event, the Rachofsky decided to purchase our geodesic dome tent, what for us, is a great honor, a reward and distinction at the same time.