Of course, Wright was a cantankerous egomaniac, which does make me feel better about myself - while I may not be a genius of architecture, at least I can relate humbly to people. But I am still envious of the ideas that came so naturally to him as I struggle to design a floor plan for my design studio. Did you know he drew the floor plans, elevations, and perspectives for Falling Water in about 2 hours?... and again I'm led back to wondering why I'm pursuing Interior Design instead of painting, because the paintings to me come like the floorplans for him. Alas.
And it's time for images (keep in mind, this was designed in the 30s. It was about 30 years ahead of the era it seems to represent so well) and quotes.
"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change. "
"It has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see."
"Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall."
"True ornament is not a matter of prettifying externals. It is organic with the structure it adorns, whether a person, a building, or a park."
"The mob-ocracy is destroying the United States with their bad taste."
"Abandon it."(on being asked how he would go about improving Pittsburgh)