John B. Mors


"Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois."

Unity Temple, Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois.
Steel. 2000.
41" x 20" x 20"
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 sculpture is concerned with the massing of forms in the Unity Temple building, namely two intersecting squares. This form originates in the drafting room of the Studio and Home in Oak Park, which is a square with an internal octagon. Such a reuse of forms is not unusual for Wright, and as an unintended consequence, the completed sculpture with base approaches the form of the lights used in the temple.

The form plays on the image of kid's blocks. The image of blocks is essential to the work of Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by the work of Fredrich Froebel ( the inventor of Kindergarten ), and John Wright, his son, was the inventor of Lincoln Logs.

The following are EXTERNAL links about Frank Lloyd Wright:

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