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Taliesin West

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I have nothing I can say about this experience except that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. Everything we saw at Taliesin West was fascinating, engaging and desirable. The absolute genius of the man takes your breath away. It must have been close to unbearable at times to live with him or interact with him, but his work makes heaven on earth.

Walk from parking lot at TW

Walking from the parking lot

I loved the tour so much that I signed up to become a member of the FLW organization, I bought gifts for every member of my family, and I ordered a wall hanging for my house. If I could have bought every single item in the gift shop I would have. This has strengthened my resolve to get to Falling Water this year before it is too late for either me or it. 🙂

Entrance to Taliesin West

View from the entry area, looking down towards the triangular pool (out of sight, all the way at the end on the left)

The pictures here are in the order of the tour. We started in the gift shop (it was air conditioned) and then moved past the large triangular swimming pool to look out on the once-unbroken vista, then to the entry courtyard for the living quarters.

Petroglyph at TW

Petroglyph in entry area

We saw the living room, the family courtyard, FLW’s study, the indoor meeting room/movie theater, the first stage theater they built, and then the second, larger theater/stage area. We could look into the communal eating area but we did not enter there or into the working studio, although we could look in somewhat through the windows as we walked by.

View from Taliesin West

Vista from the triangle pool.

Sculpture in courtyard at TW

Sculpture in entry courtyard to living areas. Notice the workman on roof. That and the pool are undergoing extensive repairs.

Entrance Courtyard at TW

Outside wall of the living room. Doorway is out of sight on the left. Can’t look in the windows.

Doorway into living quarters

Doorway into the living areas. Yes, the buildings really are that low. FLW was not tall. 🙂

Living Room at TW

The living area. Everywhere is comfortable. Everywhere has a view. The windows allow you to look out but prevent those outside from looking in.

Table and chairs in living room

Table and chairs in the living room.

View from living room to family courtyard

Looking out from the living room to the family courtyard with the moongate in the wall. Piano in the foreground. The armrests are designed to fit an adult in a resting position.

Family courtyard with view into living room

Family courtyard looking in to the living room. Looking in by the family/those inside the house is ‘okay’. Otherwise windows are situated to give privacy from ‘outside’.

Family courtyard with moongate

Family courtyard with moongate that leads to the private family rooms.

About this point in time I began to give up on trying to take photos. 🙂 It was ALL so magnificent and I wanted to remember EVERYTHING. I knew that none of my pictures were doing justice to what I saw. Even with that resolution, I kept taking pictures anyway.

Small pool at TW

Small pool between the living quarters and the meeting room, which also was the movie room. None of my photos could do justice to the recessed lighting and other forward-thinking amenities there.

View out to the mountains from a walkway

View walking from the meeting room to the first theater building.

Dragon Sculpture that breathes fire

I believe this dragon sculpture is designed to breathe fire. FLW did not miss a trick.

We learned so much about the man, the work, this location. I contemplated trying to put some of that in this post and realized I’d be writing for ‘pages’ and I’d undoubtedly get it wrong. If you can get there or to any other of the FLW organization sites, take a tour. There are so many features tucked away that you might not notice on your own. FLW had recessed lighting and lighting in the floor and so many other features that we think only came about recently.

Walk to movie theater

Aisle walking to the theater, which is carved out of the rock

Movie theater with perfect acoustics

Inside the theater. The Panel on the side of the theater was for showing the director’s cut of the movie, which is larger than the commercial version. The theater has perfect acoustics. There is a piano in that cutout in the wall on the right – you can hear every note perfectly despite it being in the wall.

Courtyard before new theater building

Courtyard in front of the second, larger theater.

Goodbye to Falling Water

This week the blogs and tweets and plurks were buzzing. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation withdrew its license to the Virtual Frank Lloyd Wright Museum in Second Life. This is the kind of news that makes me very sad. When I talk about fighting the darkness, the darkness includes such dispiriting news. I will concede that there could be all sorts of issues involved of which I am unaware. But as a simple resident of SL, as a person who enjoys creativity, art, architecture, loves many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s creations, well, I just don’t see why this has to be. There was a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright in SL. It seemed back in September 2010 that the RL FLW organization had recognized and welcomed this tribute. But come December apparently there was a change of heart. And in the now-famous tradition of this century, a cease-and-desist order has come through to shut down what was intended as a joyous celebration, not an intrusion or rip-off. Sigh. There is only one week left to see the FLW sim. I urge you to do so.

Many people have blogged this far better than I. I refer you to two blogs in particular, which both have other links. Betterverse, a blog devoted to non-profits in virtual worlds has a very good write-up. ArchVirtual, a blog for Architecture and Design in Virtual Worlds has a very heartfelt post by Jon Brouchoud as well as links to many other reactions to this forced closing. And of course Honour McMillan has some lovely photos of the SL site.

Oura and I spent a lovely evening at Falling Water back in the summer of 2009. My pictures do not do it justice, so I urge you to get there yourself before Dec 10, 2010.
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Last night was the farewell ball at the Virtual Museum. It was EXTREMELY crowded and very laggy. Not exactly a surprise. For the first time ever, I crashed when I attempted to take a photo. So I switched machines, lowered the photo quality and tried to not focus on gray semi-shapeless forms. Go see the museum for yourself, while there is still this one week left to enjoy it.


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