Linda, friend and avid RCC and Roycroft Inn Docent, by happenstance found herself near Frank Lloyd Wright’s western residence / studio several weeks ago. Wisely, she couldn’t resist going there and managed to get a tour early the next day before flying back east. This is a photo she shot at the entrance to the property.
Linda also shared information given to her by staff at Taliesin West: the red symbol is referred to as the Whirling Arrow. It was taken off of a petroglyph on the property. Wright took the symbol to represent the clasping of hands in fellowship, which he felt appropriate for his newly formed fellowship. It is often represented with a red background which mimics Wright’s signature square, the initials FLLW (Frank Lincoln Lloyd Wright) in the red square.
Many Arts & Crafts artists and artisans have been inspired by the natural beauty of the west and native american art. Elbert Hubbard’s own son Ralph made his home out west and was a student of native american culture all his life. You can read more about him and his work to preserve this culture in our latest issue of the Fra, now available at the Copper Shop, 31 South Grove St., East Aurora.
Thanks for sharing Linda, and readers, feel free to share your A&C travels with us by emailing them to croot at roycroftcampuscorp dot com