John B. Mors


"Usonian House, Pope-Leighey Home, Alexandria, Virginia."

"Usonian House, Alexandria, Virginia."
Steel. 2000.
19" x 30" x 30"
This sculpture is one of a series of five sculptures, representing the different styles ( periods or ages ) of Frank Lloyd Wright, based on:
  • Frank Lloyd Home and Studio, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Fallingwater ( Kaufmann House ), Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
  • Prairie House, Illinois.
  • Usonian House, Pope-Leighey Home, Alexandria, Virginia.
The Usonian houses possess a common geometry of two intersecting rectangular boxes. Frank Lloyd Wright varied the houses of the Usonian style by changing the angle at which these basic forms intersect. Therefore the forms in the sculpture are pivoted to emphasize this fact. The screw head is placed on top as a play on the concept.

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.

As in any series, there is a change that occurs during the making of the series. The first sculpture, Kaufmann House, relates strongly to the subject. The second sculpture is derived from its subject, the Prairie house, and the first sculpture. The Usonian sculpture is very strongly related to the forms and the concepts developed in the two prior sculptures, especially the building block format. Hence, the reference for the Usonian sculpture is mainly the previous sculptures as opposed to the subject.

The following are EXTERNAL links about Frank Lloyd Wright:

The following contain information about the Kaufmann House:

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