A piece of artwork helps decorate the flat land near Trinidad, Colo., the site of Drop City. The city, co-founded by Kansas University graduates, is viewed as one of the first — if not the first — art communes in the country.
A resident of Drop City stands outside “The Hole,” one of the domes built at the site in southcentral Colorado. It was built over a hole dug into the ground.
A piece of “drop art,” art that was dropped off a building, that adorned a fence post at Drop City.
Some of the geodesic domes at the Drop City site, which were inspired by domes built by Buckminster Fuller of Back Mountain College. The domes have inspired the art of Kansas University graduate Clark Richert and others in the time since they lived at Drop City.
Clark Richert, left, a Kansas University graduate who co-founded Drop City, stands outside a geodesic dome that served as a kitchen for the commune in this 1965 photo. At right is fellow Drop City resident Carol DiJulio.
Drop City resident Richard Kallweit works on the city’s theater dome in this 1966 photo. The theater was intended to be a 360-degree screening facility, but the technology did not yet exist to make that dream a reality.