Friday, November 6, 2009

Arizona. Taliesin West. Arcosanti. SMALL PAINTING GIFTS, Dachshund 9038

ART.  I'm slashing the price on ALL original postcard paintings!

vbh-9038 | Dachshund Study.... This little 4x4 inch watercolor study was done in preparation for a larger oil painted last summer. The small study of Tucker, the Dachshund, is on museum board and rigid enough to display on a small easel, or it can be matted and framed to a larger size and hung in a wall collection. Original painting.

Dachshund Study of Tucker
watercolor and ink
4 x 4 inch
museum board

was $49

LIFE.  A couple or three years ago I traveled through Arizona to tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and Paulo Soleri's Arcosanti.  Both architectural projects were placed in the desert context, but each architect approached the context differently.  

FLW unobtrusively blended his house into the surrounding desert geography. The physical presence of the house appears to belong there in the desert site. FLW was a genius at respecting the context of the landscape. Many tourists visited Taliesin West.  

Paulo Soleri also sought a balance of architecture with ecology, but on touring Arcosanti and talking with people there, I realized Arcosanti was as much about creating an experiment in socialism as it was about unifying architecture with ecology.  Soleri wanted no one above anyone else, wanted all to be equal, and the Arcosanti complex design reflects that ideology. The Arcosanti project is unfinished with only the bare necessities for residents. The project sits quietly in the desert with a skeleton crew of foreign students continuing the experiment and only a handful of tourists visiting the site. There was a sense of desolance in the air. The few students who would talk openly did not appear happy in their setting.  Although I did not notice sales, the hand-crafted bells made at Arcosanti to support the project are really quite beautiful.

Seeing the architecture of these two studied sites meant so much to me. Both projects are different but respect the desert context. Neither had air conditioning but both of them were environmentally comfortable with natural breezes invited through the architecture. I took lots and lots of photographs which were lost in the first hard disk crash last year. I am hoping to find backup images on one of the old, unused computers. I had so wanted to share the images with you, but I have at least posted a link to each site to give you a little background on the projects.  

Today's Blessing: Two legs to take me out walking in this glorious Fall weather.

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