Saturday, August 20, 2011


Photo: Chelsea Rokop

Anthea, Chelsea and I made our August pilgrimage to Fallingwater. Neither of the girls had been there before, but I had often spoken to them about it over the years.When we decided to go, one of them asked me what was so special about Fallingwater, and I replied, "It's the freaking Mona Lisa".

When we arrived at the visitor center, we had to wait an hour and a half for our tour to begin, so we wandered down the trails to the location overlooking the stream from which one can see the very famous view that has been photographed so many countless of times. At first when we got to that location, we three stood mesmerized by the sublime beauty of the building and it's setting. Only after a while were we able to actually take a few pictures, so astonishingly beautiful was the sight.

In may ways, while one can certainly appreciate the building through the countless photographs, standing there looking at it with one's own eyes is a considerably more profound experience. I am quite certain that this applies as well to other great works of human cultural endeavor, such as the Taj Mahal or the Egyptian Pyramids....or Michelangelo's Pieta or Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

I have no doubt that Frank Lloyd Wright will stand side by side with the great artists of humankind's cultural history, including the esteemed Renaissance artists. In the 20th century, maybe only Pablo Picasso also attained such heights.

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