These Insects are Welcome

© Mark Hertzberg (2022)

If you thought that Taliesin wraps up your Frank Lloyd Wright and Spring Green experience, then you are missing a gem, just four miles on State Highway 23 from Taliesin.

LR Wyoming Valley School Aug 2021 020.jpg

One of Wright’s last commissions, the Wyoming Valley School (1957) has vibrant new life under the leadership of David Zaleski, its new Executive Director. Rebranded as the Wyoming Valley Cultural Arts Center, there is just one more week to view “A is for Apple, B is for Bug, and C is for Cicada,” an art installation by Jennifer Angus.

Peter Rott, the principal at Isthmus Architects of Madison, shepherded an extensive restoration of the two-room schoolhouse. Significant work was done, most of it not visible. The obvious change is that the concrete blocks inside are no longer yellow, but, rather, a more natural color.

LR Wyoming Valley School Aug 2021 031.jpg

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 004.jpg

Now, onto the fun…Angus’ art installation:

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 006.jpg

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 007.jpg

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 011.jpg

In the Assembly Room, dollhouses covered in beeswax are elevated to simulate how an insect might view them:

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 013.jpg

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 015.jpg

LR Wyoming Valley School 5.20.22 012.jpgRott found an old card catalogue cabinet.

The exhibit ends June 12, 2022, but it is a sign of the fun things that Zaleski will be doing in the school building. I am not a fan of people speculating what Wright might have thought, said, or done in a given situation, but I will take the liberty of thinking he would have been pleased with the school’s incarnation as a cultural center.

LR Wright Spirit Awards 2013 040.jpgRott has been honored in a number of Wright-related projects. He was honored with a Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy at its 2013 conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

http://www.wyomingvalleyschool.org

Rott and his Wright-related projects:

http://www.is-arch.com/projects/

Screen Shot 2022-06-05 at 5.32.19 PM.png

Go to www.wrightinracine.com and keep scrolling down to see previous posts on this website…

 

1 thought on “These Insects are Welcome

  1. I honestly believe that the building qualifies as one of Wright’s late masterpieces. I had seen the exterior for decades and thought it was a ‘nice’ design. I finally saw the interior when it reopened as a cultural center and was completely blown away by it! What a wonderful, uplifting space! And I heartily agree with you that Wright would have been happy with it’s current incarnation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s