I was out traveling the interstate pretty early this morning. It was raining so most of the traffic was going slower, except for the truckers of course. I was traveling slower than my norm, even in the right lane for God's sake, in an effort to avoid impending carnage from truckers who apparently believe their schedule is more important than my life. The benefit of this slow right lane travel was I could watch the panorama going by and not just the traffic. I enjoy the look of the world when vision is diffused by zillions of little water molecules. It's more like looking at photography than the real world. The light is different, the cast shadows are softer, less discernible, edges are blurred; the known can look surreal.
About half way to my destination I caught a fragmented glimpse of an under construction building peeping out from the mists. That diffused vision flipped my brain over to a memory of a photograph of a Frank Lloyd Wright building. I love the brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright, and yes I do know many of his buildings have failed or been horrific maintenance nightmares. I don't care, I love this man's work. He so beautifully understood the need for light, sky, water, earth in the human psyche he seldom created a structure without incorporating these elements. He knew so well mankind needed more than shelter from a structure. He also understood form and function , although the famous quote of "form follows function" does not belong to FLW but to Louis Sullivan.
Frank was ...just magical in his ability to balance the right and left brain aspects of design and construction. He also, obviously , was quite the salesman. By all accounts he was irascible and a difficult personality and yet he could persuade , corporate boards, review boards, municipalities, universities, churches, individuals, banks, and contractors, to get on board and pay him to create, finance his visions, and erect his images into awesome realities. OMG!!!!!!!!
So, as a mini tribute to Frank, I invite you to send photos of your favorite Frank, or if you have them to share, your favorite Frank stories. I have added a few pics for your appetizer!