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pharding



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:43 am    Post subject: FLW Proportional Systems - 2 Reply with quote

As part of my continuing quest to decode FLW's proportional system(s), I tracked down a particularly interesting article written by written by Leonard K. Eaton. His article "Mathematics and Music in the Art Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright" is published in Nexus III: Architecture and Mathematics edited by kim Williams, Pucini Editore, Pisa, Italy 2000. After a lot of searching I tracked down a copy in Italy. The author gives a fascinating description of how FLW art glass windows were created with the technology of the time. The author describes his theory of the FLW proportional system used in the art glass of the Meyer May House in Grand Rapids. He outlines his theory in depth that the windows are designed with mathematical relationships that are rooted in music. Louis Kahn used to talk about architecture as "frozen music". Certainly FLW's art glass evolved into frozen music.



Here is a synposis of the above article: http://www.nexusjournal.com/conferences/N2000-Eaton.html#anchor119881
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All art is based on mathematics. It is not that Wright designed his art glass using musical allusions any more than Beethoven used architecture to construct his music. The obvious repetition of geometric elements in the art glass makes the connection to music obvious, but both arts, along with poetry, painting, sculpture and whistling Dixie on a kazoo are rooted in math.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Art is not based on mathematics. Mathematics is merely a tool sometimes used to help express art, and too often used to teach and attempt to understand art.



I have read an enormous amount of material trying to understand FLLW's architecture as art, but none as useful as his own drawings, buildings, writings. He may not be a scholar, and developed a difficult prose of his own, but within his own work is a true understanding of the master.



There is a wonderful little piece on the creation of art in a publication of FLLW's talks to his students at Taliesin. The book and cassette recordings are from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer called "Frank Lloyd Wright: His Living Voice". The talk is titled "The Nature of Art", and refers to how Beethoven, and FLLW, created their art. Read this more than once, really think about, and decide if art is based on mathematics.



Doug Kottum, Battle Lake, MN
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