June 24, 2011
Taliesin Day Two — All in the details
I can sum up today’s adventures in one word: details. The main goal for today was for the students to wander around the campus and explore the nature of the space where we will all be working for the next week.
The scavenger hunt we completed this morning forced us to take note of all the intricate details that make up the Taliesin property.
What initially looked like a wide, green-filled expanse quickly turned into a detailed mental map of the minutia of life at Taliesin. We started classifying locations based on the parameters of our scavenger hunt:
buggiest place: on the other side of the rotting log with the green lichens on it
loudest place: in between the waterfall and the main road where water and cars rush past in perpendicular directions
Even the non-descript places were soon filled with our new memories of working together. The previously generic landscape became peppered with the images in our minds of our experiences at Taliesin.
We visited Wright’s home during the afternoon. On our private tour (which exempted us from wearing the dreaded hospital booties) we had plenty of time to sit and take in all the details inside the home. I was struck by the level of care and craft Wright devoted to every aspect of his home’s construction. Every detail was carefully considered, including hinged window coverings that simultaneously align with a triangular window and its neighboring square wall.
Sitting at our Wright-inspired farm home this evening I notice the same careful details on the window work. Each window has two uneven shutters inside. The corner window can only accommodate one side of hinged covers, and the cover has been neatly double-hinged to coordinate with the others while fitting into the context of the room. Every detail has been considered.