Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin West – Part 4



Perhaps some symbolism in the Greek letter Psi as the symbol for psychology, and the center-stalked cactus with its uplifted arms?  Frank Lloyd Wright was somewhat of a psychologist in his own right, or at least quite skilled in shaping his environment and the environment of others.








Literally building an oasis in the desert, Wright hired an hydrologist to dig for wells that provided water for fountains and pools that adorn the property.  Where water didn’t flow, his brain satiated itself with the eye’s intake of landscaping made to look like coral reef.  Few others have connected the internal and external worlds, of self and others, as magnificently as FLW.



Astonishing to think that this is the same man who collaborated on the design of what was known as “The Wright Synagogue” as one of his last commissions, when I was a young lad in Philadelphia, adjacent to this magnificent structure in Elkins Park, PA.

Wright Synagogue

Elkins Park

Inside Wright Synagogue

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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4 Responses to Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin West – Part 4

  1. doctuhdon says:

    I have always wanted to experience the interior of Beth Sholom. Have you ever been there?

  2. Marc Rachmuth says:

    I visited the Beth Sholom Synagogue in 1960, the year before my parents moved me (really, they moved the whole family) to California in ’61. It was a virtual required aliyah for all local Jews to visit that synagogue. It was very impressive, and more than that: It was beautiful and moving.

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