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Taliesin West, Part 4

Next up on the tour was Wright's living room, also known as the Garden Room. A wall of windows seems to bring the garden inside — one can certainly see the roots of the original camp in this room with those windows and the canvas ceiling (albeit now covered with plexiglass). Additionally, Wright's custom designed furniture (which he created for most of his architectural commissions) is in evidence here as well.

The room is huge with plenty of seating. Wright would have had no problem assembling the entire school for socialization or more formal gatherings.

I was drawn to the upper windows, accented with the red wood exterior supports plus one blue glass vase, sitting all by itself.

Once we all settled in our seats, Arnold Roy (who I introduced in last week's LAHP) talked about the room and how it was used during Wright's day.

It's funny how you can enter a room and take in the big picture but as you sit and look around more closely, you find items of interest which you want to learn more about. According to Arnold, this is a divider that was created by one of the students and shows a map of Taliesin West. I was sitting right next to it and, to me, it was fascinating.

Another wonderful sculpture — this one a bust of Wright himself. Arnold did not tell us the story behind this one so I can only assume it was also created by a student or artist-in-residence.

As I mentioned previously, Wright was known for fireplaces. Curiously, this was built much later than the rest of the room.

Next to the fireplace was a stand holding quite a few smaller sculptures. Nice touch.

As we exited the living room, I spotted this small gathering place which was probably used for drinks and appetizers.

Just outside the living room (seen on the right side of the photo), is the garden. The lawn was just overseeded and the winter grasses had recently sprouted exhibiting that vivid green color that the rest of the country associates with Spring. In Arizona, it means Autumn.

In one corner was a nice planting of Plumbago (blue flowers) and Lantana (purple flowers).

Even the garden contains sculpture — in both this photo and the previous one are representations of Native American women, sculpted very much in a Frank Lloyd Wright style.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com