|Frank Lloyd Wright Home|
It was a sad family event that brought us together unexpectedly for our last trip. My dear Aunt Ronnie passed away and our family made plans to fly out to Arizona to attend her memorial and celebration of life. Before gathering with family,Cathy, Jess and I drove up to Taliesin West near Phoenix to tour Wright's winter home and architecture school. It was early October and the students of Taliesin at Spring Green, Wisconsin had not returned yet for winter. Our three hour tour was the best of all the tours we had taken. We met architects who live there and had worked with Frank and gave us insight that regular tour guides can't. There were many buildings to tour and experience. Again, local stone was used in the construction to make the buildings part of the environment they occupied. The hexagon shape was prevalent in the design and there was lots of art incorporated both inside and outside the buildings. Taliesin West celebrated its 75th Anniversary milestone this year and meant another trip to the gift shop.
I gathered a lot of research and inspiration on these trips and know it will influence how I see nature and how it will influence my work. There is something in the clean lines, earthy palettes, use of natural materials that feels very contemporary to me. Frank used nature as his model which never goes out of style. I thank my 'Frank Freaks' traveling partners, Cathy and Jess, for a wonderful year of exploring Frank Lloyd Wright sites.