Photograph by C Proulx in Graphis 149 Expo67 edition
This was the image in my mind in 1985 when we concluded that C60 might be a closed cage hexagonal network. I advised that we should get a book on Buckminster Fuller domes from the library which Rick Smalley did and he had the book during his model building phase. Look carefully at the structure…in the top half one can see that the hexagons are in a curved “geodesic” alignment whereas in the bottom half the alignment is clearly horizontal. I assume this was done to simplify ground level construction issues. Also around the pentagons the hexagons are distorted to achieve a spheroidal shape. The correct reason I named C60 Buckminsterfullerene because this image and my visit were clues to the possible structure.