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The design for the exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright's work needed to be something that would help capture what many of his architectural achievements are about; being enveloped and almost one with nature. I would like to recreate that feeling of being in nature for this exhibition, and to do that I will make the area around each photo of his works correspond to the environment that the building is actually in. Now just looking at a picture of the building will not be enough when all that can be gained from that photo is one perspective. So I have decided to include, by each photo, a scaled model of the building itself, so that viewers can get more of a feeling for the dimensions and to be able to see it from more that one perspective.

I decided to make the order of the exhibition from his earlier works to his later works. This way the progression of his skill can be seen. I didn't want to put his more famous works too near the front of the exhibition in order to keep viewers intrigued. If all of his more famous and exotic buildings were showed at the beginning, then much of the excitement will be lost by the end of the exhibition. But by going chronologically by date, or close to it, the viewer has a much better experience since he has many great works throughout his career. It is also just more of a natural feeling to go from beginning to end.

The Exhibition

The first work in the exhibition will be the Larkin Administration Building located in Buffalo, New York and was built in 1903.


Buffalo is known for cold winters, so here I will use cooler colors such as blues and whites.

Next will be the Darwin D. Martin Estate in Buffalo, New York built in 1904.


This building has a very earthy clay color to it, so I will use shades of brown and brownish red in the display.

Next is the Frederick C. Robie Residence located in Chicago, Illinois and constructed in 1906.


This is another earthy colored building, so this time more red will be used as well as some greens.

Next will be the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan which was built in 1915, but demolished in 1968. Parts were later reconstructed elsewhere.


Here I would like to have some stone pillars nearby as well as some lush green plants to accent the greens in the photo.

Next will come one of Wrights own homes, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona which was built in 1937


Since this is located in the Arizona desert, I decided to use colors that a warmer like oranges and tans.

Next is Fallingwater in Bear Run, Pennsylvania, which was built in 1935.


This being Wrights most famous work, it will need to be well displayed. I will use a dark backdrop, sounds of water, along with many plants to recreate the feeling of being surrounded by nature.

In keeping with the cliché "save the best for last," this is what the exhibition will end on.

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