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12.23.2011

Wright Was Never Wrong

As a designer and artist, I was (obviously) inspired by many different creative people who helped in some small and meaningful way to shape and mold my aesthetic.  One of those people is architect, Frank Llloyd Wright -- I've even mention him in my bio on my website.  Well, my dad happens to appreciate the genius of Mr. Wright as well and we have discussed his work at Fallingwater at length.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

staircase in chapel with colored glass

So, I thought that since I was in town visiting my folks (a.k.a. "parental units" as my sister and I have dubbed them), it would be a great idea to visit Florida Southern College.  Why?  Because I'm religious?  No, not even close.  Because Frank Llloyd Wright designed the entire campus.  How cool is that?  My dad joked as we strolled past the ginormous grandfather oak tree, "This reminds me of F.I.T. Stac." 

one of the many many sprawling oak trees


me, under a giant cross feeling the guilt weight on my shoulders

The college is situated on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida, it's been called the most beautiful campus in the country.  According to the enthusiastic and knowledgeable man at the visitors center, the first buildings designed by Wright, were actually built by WOMEN.  Yes, that's right, chicks!  In the mid 1940's when they were constructed, men were not exactly available, therefore, women had to do the hard labor.  They didn't just paint or decorate, they poured concrete and devised elaborate pulley systems to transport heavy building materials to upper levels.  Pretty amazing.




If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping by to see the angular, pointed, low-ceiling buildings that are detailed in Wright's favorite color, Cherokee Red.  The serene setting adds to the charm, as does unexpected little findings like the Hindu Meditation Garden -- kind of surprising (but refreshing) for a Methodist establishment.

Hindu Meditation Garden, or as I like to call it, "Mini Taj"

my dad, trying his best to look priestly or saintly

5 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas ... love the images and your dad caught in the light

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  2. Hi Stacey! I love Frank Lloyd Wright as well, did you know about 30 or so miles north of the city in Westchester County there is a whole little community of FLW designed houses? They are so lovely tucked away in the woods, and sometimes you have to look very closely to see there is actually a house there as the years have truly integrated nature with architecture!
    XXX
    Suzanne

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  3. I can FWR's artistry re: FSC, but you've moved beyond...

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  4. That was a great post—informative and beautiful! I love the photo of you under the cross. The pictures are arresting.

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