Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Taliesin West -- amazing
I've always kind of had a thing for Frank Lloyd Wright -- amazing architect, brilliant person etc. After today, I'd really love to go to Falling Water and I really should go see his stuff in Wisconsin, includiing the original Taliesin.
A while back I saw a TV show about him and Taliesin... how his apprenitices lived in tents and built the complex by hand etc. Wright didn't live in Arizona the whole year, rather he spent the summer in Wisconsin and October - April in Arizona... leaving before it got too hot.
I really can't describe Taliesin West, and my photos can't do it justice. What I'm missing is a way to convey how peaceful it was up there. Away from the traffic and noise of the city. Surrounded by cacti and other desert plants. The sound of the fountains (Taliesin has it's own water source... and more than a few ponds and fountains).
I think the best bit was the old guy tour guide... you know the type. He wore a black hat and sunglasses and knew a lot about Wright and his family -- including quite a bit of 60+ year old "gossip" -- which may or may not have been true, but was fun anyhow...