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Heavy rainfall in midwest. Wondering about Fallingwater.
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Forest



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back on topic for a moment, we have news of minor damage at Fallingwater

http://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/famous-statue-flipped-over-by-flooding-near-fallingwater-house/561063528
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Mother And Child"
Jacques Lipchitz
1949
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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John



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Michigan Reply with quote

It's a good list.
Those in Galesburg, Okemos and Kalamazoo are generally easily visible.
The Wall and Goddard houses are hidden. The Detroit area houses are viewable.
(If you do go to Galesburg, be sure to look at the non-FLlW house in the same neighborhood.)

Of course Galesburg and Kalamazoo are not near Ann Arbor but they are well worth the drive.

If you do take frequent road trips, the best resource is William Allin Storrer's "The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright" Fourth Edition (just published).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Fallingwater floods Reply with quote

MILL RUN, Pa. (AP) — July 16, 2017 An overflowing stream following heavy rain toppled a large bronze statue at architect Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania, officials said.

The flooding early Saturday from Bear Run, which flows beneath the National Historic Landmark in Fayette County, toppled a tree that hit a wall and apparently dislodged the "Mother and Child" statue from its place, said Director Lynda Waggoner, of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The interior of the home wasn't damaged.

"It's one of our most significant works here at Fallingwater," Waggoner said of the Jacques Lipchitz sculpture. "It's one that the house has come to be identified with. The first view, when you're on the bridge, looking at the house — it's right there."

Waggoner said the statue was submerged in the creek, held up by a chain that was installed after a 1956 flood, but was removed after the water level dropped. It's being assessed for damage. She said workers would try to repair the wall and move the statue back into place.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As noted in my earlier post, the plunge pool (where Mother and Child is positioned), and the suspended stair from the living room hatch to the run are the most vulnerable parts of the house to flood water. The chain noted in the article was to prevent a recurrence of the sculpture being washed over the falls and into the glen.
Glad to hear the damage was minor.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We hear of damage to a wall, and an "attempt" to repair it. One hopes for better than an attempt -- presumably after thorough assessment, and the securing of a qualified mechanic ?

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Mod mom



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John for elaborating on the list.

Glad to hear the chain prevented the sculpture from being swept away. Hope there is no damage to the sculpture. Here is an earlier photo showing the sculpture with the chain:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CioxedcWEAAr3Fb.jpg

Knowing that climate crisis is expected to bring more drastic storms in the future, perhaps a different mounting system or placement is in order.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha. Was the Lipchitz actually swept over the fall on a previous occasion ? It would almost certainly have required repair -- unless the bronze is extraordinarily thick ?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EJ jr. states in his book "Fallingwater: A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House", that the sculpture was swept away and was found in the glen below the falls. EJ jr. notes Jacques Lipchitz himself made repairs to the sculpture and saw to the connection to the chain. Presumably an 18' fall onto a rock ledge and tumbling in a rocky stream bed did some damage...I'm sure the piece is hollow, but I'm not certain how thick the bronze is. I'd assume it can be dented.

I seem to recall Kaufmann noting another piece of sculpture being swept away the same day and not found, likely buried in sediments in the stream bed, or carried to the deeper Youghiogheny River less than a mile down stream.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Dan. It really wouldn't take much to drill a piece of stainless all-thread down into a sandstone wall and epoxied in place, to provide a permanent attachment for objects in vulnerable locations -- would it ? I suppose that, originally, the art objects were placed casually, with the idea that they could be repositioned from time to time. Now that they are permanent parts of the architectural ensemble -- presumably -- more permanent attachment doesn't seem inappropriate, to me.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posted on Fallingwater's site: http://waterlandlife.org/news/view/350#_ga=2.231303066.422900867.1500378878-1673955850.1479473582
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Fallingwater Facebook page:

" With a little luck and a lot of staff expertise, we safely removed the historic “Mother and Child” sculpture from Bear Run on Saturday evening. Today, we fully assessed the sculpture and found little damage to the piece aside from minor scratches. We appreciate the concern and well wishes of our visitors and supporters. You’ll soon see the sculpture back in its proper place by the plunge pool, secured again with a chain! "
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: The World's Most Beautiful House Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170522-the-worlds-most-beautiful-house?ocid=ww.social.link.email
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Much of the furniture in Fallingwater, such as this living room, was built into the structure so its interior design would remain fixed"

*sigh* . . .

"As for Wright, Fallingwater – you can find his initials in the name – sparked a revival in his career, and . . ."

Mold, at Fallingwater ? That's a first.


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