26 August 2016

Tucson's Starry Night ~

Two views of our world famous night sky. We are lucky to have such clear skies in Tucson. Did you know that Tucson is one of the top 10 sites for astronomy in the U.S.?  Meteorite showers are particularly beautiful here! 
Photo courtesy of George Goldman.

25 August 2016

Sculpture by day; Flaming dragon by night

By day visitors to Taliesin West enjoy a mild-mannered metal sculpture. By night it is revealed as a fire-breathing dragon! The story goes that this dragon sculpture was initially installed in one of the many beautiful reflecting pools around the grounds. Mrs. Wright insisted that no self-respecting dragon spews water so it was reinstalled and fitted with a flame. Wow!

24 August 2016

Moon Gate ~

Here is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's many tributes to Chinese art at Taliesin West. This beautiful Moon Gate combines the traditional shape with the distinctive burnt orange color that Wright used throughout his western home. 

23 August 2016

The Quirky Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright ~

In yesterday's post I showed you the Wright party room at Taliesin West. Way in the back on the north wall you can see this pot/urn. Here is the remarkable side view. The story is this... when it was finally decided to install glass in the windows (replacing the canvas shades), this pot became a dilemma for the architecture students. Wright felt the piece was perfectly situated on the shelf and would not permit the students to widen the shelf. The solution that they finally proposed was to custom cut the glass so that the window would be created around the urn. And that is what Wright had them do! 

22 August 2016

The Wright Party Room ~

Our tour guide (in the plaid shirt) shared lots of fun and weird stories with us about the house and the quirky genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Here is the main room used for parties. Frank Lloyd Wright had several pianos throughout the property and this one (behind the guide) was frequently played by Wright. All of the furniture in this room (except the piano) is replicas of the originals. Canvas panels were installed here to diffuse the light just as they were used in the studio and elsewhere.
Photo courtesy Steve Wolfer. 

21 August 2016

Taliesin West = 180,000 Legos!

An architecture student built this replica of Taliesin West with Legos - 180,000 of them! Our tour guide laughed when he said that even if visitors forget everything he told them about Wright and his work, they always remember the Lego version of the property. As you can see, the compound is vast. 

20 August 2016

Ancient Inspiration ~

According to our Taliesin West tour guide, this petroglyph inspired Frank Lloyd Wright's logo for the property. He thought the glyph looked like two hands entwined. The rock is near the entrance to the property.