The model of Taliesin East explores the carefully constructed relationship between the sites architecture and its landscape as both evolved continuously over the first half of the 20th century. The physical model provides a snapshot of the site as it existed in the late 1950s at the end of Wright's life. Archival documents and historic land-use studies were used to reconstruct the crops as they existed during this period. On the surface of the model a series of projections trace the fluid evolution of the landscape through animated diagrams and aerial photographs of different periods. These sequences provide a time-based view of the site as a laboratory within which Wright continuously and plastically shaped the landscape, and provides a critical picture of Taliesin East as a living site that was being built, un-built and rebuilt over the course of his lifetime. The projections are broken into four chapters: Historic Landscape Reports that track land use, Plat Maps that diagram lot ownership, and aerial photographs that chronicle the transformations of the site as captured from above.
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