( Kaufmann House ), Mill Run, Pennsylvania."
"Fallingwater ( Kaufmann House ), Mill Run, Pennsylvania."
53" x 53" x 28"
sculpture is one of a series of five
sculptures, representing the different styles ( periods or
ages ) of Frank Lloyd Wright, based on:
After a period
as a successful Arts and Crafts style architect, Frank Lloyd Wright fell
out of favor. In 1936, Edward Kaufmann, the father of one of Wright's
pupils, requested Wright to build him a house at his summer retreat. My
particular interest in this house is that it shows Frank Lloyd Wright
emerging as a modern architect. With the Kaufmann house, Wright reinvents
himself, and emerges in the same aesthetic of le Corbusier, Walter Groupius
and Mies van der Rohe who represented the International style of architecture.
Lloyd Home and Studio, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
( Kaufmann House ), Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
House, Pope-Leighey Home, Alexandria, Virginia.
The sculptures recreate the experience of seeing and visiting the Kaufmann
house, which differs significantly from seeing the building in a book.
The well-known image of the house is of it perched over a waterfall. However,
this is not the impression of the house gained during a visit. One approaches
the house by walking down a rhododendron-lined path, so that the house
appears to be in a valley, as opposed to being raised above anything.
This effect is enhanced by the fact that the main house actually sits
below the supporting buildings. Hence, the feeling of the house is of
a structure below a mass of land. Also, it is not possible to take a photograph
of the house rising over the waterfall. Even if the creek is flowing (
on my visit there was only a slight flow in the river, such that the 'waterfall'
was more like a small dip in the river bed ), access to a suitable photographic
position is not permitted. Therefore, the image of the house that one
receives when visiting it, is almost the opposite of that presented in
literature about the house.
The sculpture of the house may resemble kid's blocks. This is intentional.
Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by the work of Fredrich Froebel ( the
inventor of Kindergarten ), and John Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's son,
was the inventor of Lincoln Logs.
The following are EXTERNAL links about Frank Lloyd Wright:
The following contain information about the Kaufmann House:
links contain information about Fredrich Froebel: