In Scottsdale, Arizona stands the Taliesin West Promenade Spire, otherwise known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Spire. Oddly enough it was snatched from Wright’s 1957 proposal for the Arizona state capitol building. Somehow I don’t think Wright intended for random architectural elements to be pulled from his designs and just plopped at the end of shopping mall parking lot.
Vivien Liu made a 3d animated rendering of Wright’s “Pro Bono Publico” proposal.
It seems public officials in Arizona realized how boneheaded they were in 1957 by rejecting this brilliant proposal that they felt they’d make up for it by simply building just the spire. Uh ok. At least it’s neat to see SOMETHING done. But imagine the enormous amount of tourism and recognition Arizona would have received if they were ballsy enough to build the thing. Woulda coulda shoulda.
Aside from the incredibly silly appropriation of Wright’s architectural design, the structure itself speaks to Wright’s dedication to enveloping his designs into their environment. The Taliesin West Promenade Spire seems to take its form from Scottsdale’s vegetation. Think cactus and the agave plant.
Oh yea, here’s what Arizona built for their capitol building instead.
I found out about the FLW spire from the designslinger blog. One of the best, if not the best, Chicago blogs.