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The unexpected design elements that seem to be both thoughtfully and arbitrarily placed make this historic landmark truly special. Somehow, it all harmonizes perfectly while providing a beautiful contrast as well. It’s perplexing and exciting to step through the quirky, circular courtyard gate and view the awe-inspiring water features, greenery and stone walls. You’ll get dizzy trying to glimpse every piece of Wright’s personality.
A Visual Playground
The unexpected design elements that seem to be both thoughtfully and arbitrarily placed make this truly special. Somehow, it all harmonizes perfectly while providing a beautiful contrast as well. It’s perplexing and exciting to step through the quirky, circular courtyard gate and view the awe-inspiring water features, greenery and stone walls. You’ll get dizzy trying to glimpse every piece of Wright’s personality.
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The whole complex is like an architectural fun house. You’ll see funky wall cutouts in the music pavilion, origami chairs in the garden room, and playful ceramic Chinese figures bringing cement walls to life. It’s virtually impossible to be bored at Taliesin West when you’re surrounded by rooms shaped like hexagons, glass spheres bouncing in water fountains and fiery red doors featuring gleaming brass knockers.
A Lively Wonderland
When it comes to flawlessly combining art and nature, Frank Lloyd Wright was a revolutionary, and each aspect of his Scottsdale property reflects this. As you explore, don’t be startled if the entire area seems to breathe and move. This pulsating force is dramatic and subtle at the same time. It’s almost as if the desert lives in the organic elements Wright used to create his haven.
“Unexpected Treasures” Photo Credit Sandra Ryder @SandraRyder
If you prefer Wright’s classic style techniques over his happy-hour designs, you’re in luck. His signature wood-and-stone structures, earthy colors and natural light accents are all present. If you pay close attention, you’ll still feel a sense of merriment where various textures intertwine and where gorgeous, flowing lines meet rigid angles. There is also a distinct order in the chaos, which gives Taliesin West major charm.
An Imaginative Innovator
To get the most of your visit and to witness the eccentricity around every corner, take the 90-minute tour. The guides are humorous and engaging, and they’ll point out some pretty cool details you might miss. They’ll also share intriguing stories about Wright, his personal life and his career. You’ll gain so much insight into the artisan’s mind, it’ll feel as if his spirit is taking the tour with you.
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It’s clear Frank Lloyd Wright poured his heart and soul into Taliesin West. His skill and interesting perspective seep out of every structure, but the idiosyncrasies of his designs complete the story. A visit to this captivating complex will make you laugh, sigh, reflect and laugh again. Add in breathtaking mountain views and lovely Arizona weather, and you have a fantastic family excursion to remember forever.
More information: http://www.franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west/plan-a-visit.html
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