Arizona dreamin’ – architecture

Architecture is not the first thing I think of when I think of Arizona, but I had a very nice surprise – and it wasn’t just that I was taken with the buildings, but the architects.

And I really didn’t think “architecture” – except for maybe nature’s hand – when we did that Grand Canyon trip. Architect Mary Colter designed several buildings in the park, including a Watchtower (providing an incredible panoramic view, as well as some amazing native art work), hotel and studio/shop.

In Sedona, there’s the Chapel of the Holy Cross, conceived and funded by Marguerite Bruswig Staude, herself a sculptor, and inspired by the Empire State Building in NYC.

Then there’s Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home, as well as a forward-thinking, experimental and experiential architecture school.

The design was inspired by nature, Japanese art, geometric form (esp. triangles) and music.

Beautiful stuff. Up next, I think we need to talk about cacti.

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Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly & Elwood P. Dowd disciple. Likes playing with words. A lot. Toronto

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