Art & Design

June 15, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright Wanted to Paint the Guggenheim Pastel Pink

And dreamt of mile-high skyscrapers in New York

  • Written by Amuse Team

Despite creating one of New York’s most iconic looking art galleries, as well as a myriad of others around the city, Frank Lloyd-Wright didn’t think much of New York City – calling it a “monument to the power of money and greed” in a television interview in 1957.

At the time Lloyd-Wright was in New York overseeing the construction of the Guggenheim and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind about the state of New York’s skyline. Basically, that it was massively unexciting.

Lloyd-Wright had big dreams for New York, as his architectural drawings show, mile-high skyscrapers that cut through the sky and burnt orange and bright pastel pink plans for the Guggenheim were just the beginning of the architect’s vision for an alternative history for the city.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York), Copyright © 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ

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