“Marion Mahony Griffin Drawings: The Form of Nature.�

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gwd
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Marion and Walter and Canberra

Post by gwd »

Anyone interested in Marion Mahony should take a liesurely "stroll" through the Australian government website which presents huge, high-resolution images of each of the Mahony/Griffin boards for their winning design, as well as the full text of their accompanying 48-page design statement. Their extraordinary submittal (images and text) is riveting. Also, take time to enjoy the runner-up submittal by Eliel Saarinen. When viewing the images, be sure to enlarge each of the files for maximum effect.



http://www.idealcity.org.au/

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Post by SDR »

I suppose many of us had our introduction to Miss Mahony via H Allen Brooks's 1972 "The Prairie School" ? Then, to go to all the color and line reproductions of early presentation drawings for the Wright office, and be able to study her work, all the while wondering about the level of input by her boss, into those decidedly Japanese-flavored/quasi-Art Nouveau fantasies (showing awareness of current illustrational trends, e.g. Will Bradley et al). . .!



(I bet he wished he had Mahony with him in Italy, doing the Wasmuth drawings ! But he and Lloyd "and staff" did okay at Fiesole without her, hmm ? Young Lloyd was no slouch as a "pencil in the hand," then or later; Dad must have been so pleased.)



There's a Pomegranate calender from 1991 ("Walter Burley Griffin * Architect * A Year In India") which reproduces in color twelve examples of Mahony's work for and with her husband, in the last year of his life.



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Post by SDR »

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Mahony Griffin, c1936



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Mahony Griffin, c1936



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Lloyd Wright, 1935



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Lloyd Wright, 1949

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