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Frank Lloyd Wright's TALIESIN WEST

by Jorge Sanchez - 2 years, 6 months ago

A friend of mine living in Phoenix, Arizona, invited me to an excursion to visit the winter home and school of architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright' Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, not far from his home (by car).We paid the entrance fee and joined a group composed by eight or ten more tourists. We were assigned a guide (a nice lady) who during one hour or so showed us around the buildings explaining us about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his Russian wife (Olga Ivanovna).The buildings were original, using the stone of the area, integrating architecture into the local nature.The building that I most loved was the one looking a Tibetan monastery, with s Buddhist statue in one of the windows.Frank Lloyd Wright loved very much Japanese art and I noticed several Japanese ceramic works around the complex.Besides the complex there were shelters where the students slept during the courses, but we did not visit any of those shelters since they were a little bit far, in the desert.There was a tower with a bell that called for the students to go to the restaurant during the meals times.In the theater there were old pictures of the activities that took place there, like dances, because Wright wife , who was a follower of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, organized movements based on the teachings of that Greek-Armenian mystic.There was a shop selling books and souvenirs related with Wright, but I did not buy anything.After one hour visit our guide left us and immediately she took charge of another dozen of tourists that were waiting for her for a tour.



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