An exceptional #architecture#penandink#drawing by @mister_vi of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
Plenty of artists have illustrated, drawn, rendered, or modeled this iconic piece of modern architecture (we’ve posted several of them in the past), but I like @mister.vi ’s in particular because of his use of the environment around the building to help to literally frame the structure and the waters falling below.
Viewed from a distance and from the opposite bank of Bear Run (the creek that runs to the south of Fallingwater), we see the house @mister.vi chooses not to show the plants to the left and right of the frame, instead leaving it as negative space, with only the white silhouette of leaves sketched around the edge. The treetops beyond Fallingwater can be seen, as is the waterfall below the house. The effect of this unique depiction, especially in its monochromatic representation, is that the house looks more like a natural wonder—an edifice that stretches out of the environment that surrounds it. It is obviously not a natural occurrence, but the drawing seems to add time to the location, like the environment has had time to grow around it placing it in a deep forest glade, where @mister.vi has found it and wishes to share his discovery with the rest of the world. For me, the drawing gives the building an ancient quality, placing it in the same monumental vein of structures as the Mayan pyramids or Machu Picchu, where you would not expect to find such a wondrous location built around or in such an isolated place, but then you stumble upon it and all you are left with is your own astonishment.
Will such an experience ever happen with Fallingwater? Could it be lost to the ages? No, probably not. BUT, it’s still a cool and interesting thought experiment to let your mind wander to.
Great work, @mister_vi !
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No.941 | Nearly done. Swipe through to see the process from way back when it was two empty pages. Some slight improvement in the pen lines as you move from right to left. I cared more towards the end 😜
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