75. Lots of Geometric Shapes

We try to give the kids clues on how to identify famous works and their creators. Examples include if a piano piece has lots of notes and runs it is Rachmaninov and if a painting looks like is was made with brush strokes that are lines of color it is probably Van Gogh. Today they learned if a house or building has a lot of geometric shapes it’s likely by Frank Lloyd Wright. I’m sure many an arts connoisseur is having a coronary right now. We visited the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West.

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It was the quintessential Wright with low ceilings, rectangles and triangles everywhere. There was also an Eastern influence, it was fun to see where he had placed interesting Eastern pieces willy-nilly throughout the grounds.

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I realize he would not appreciate the term willy-nilly to describe his well planned residence. It is well worth a visit.

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Whenever we visit any museum or touristy place I am drawn to the book shop. There always seems to be a book that has a nugget of interesting history that the tour missed. Today did not disappoint. I found myself riveted to the book that described the ending of Wright’s Taliesin East, in Wisconsin. Everything I learned about Wright skipped over the part where his mistress and six others were killed there by a disgruntled employee who then burned the place down. Don’t worry, I didn’t share that part of his history with the children – all they know are geometric shapes!

Later in the day Anne, Brent, Scarlet and I took on climbing to the top of Squaw Peak. We made it to the top and were rewarded with a panoramic view of Phoenix and a lovely desert sunset.

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It was also a pretty tough workout on the legs. My legs are already sore from the run “around the block” Anne took me on a couple of nights ago. I’m really going to be feeling it tomorrow.

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9 responses to “75. Lots of Geometric Shapes

  1. We’re you perusing Loving Frank? You really should read that. I thought he was an unpleasant human being but was fascinated by the story.

    • It wasn’t that book but now I am intrigued by the entire story and have “Loving Frank” on my To-Be-Read list. It was interesting on the tour how his personal life was not really addressed but a couple of women made comments and asked questions which indicated they knew a bit more about the man.

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