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Flora Library to host SAMARA Exhibit


SAMARA miniature furniture Miniature reproduction furniture from SAMARA, a West Lafayette home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is on display at the Flora Public Library. The original furniture was designed by Wright, and the authentic miniatures were made by Wayne Kingery of Rossville. Wright’s designs are innovative, artistic, and versatile, as shown by the set of six miniature triangle tables, pictured above. The pieces can be used alone or in various combinations to make different geometric shapes. The full-size versions can be end tables, coffee tables, seats, or stacked to make a lamp stand. Comet photo by Jennifer Archibald SAMARA miniature furniture Miniature reproduction furniture from SAMARA, a West Lafayette home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is on display at the Flora Public Library. The original furniture was designed by Wright, and the authentic miniatures were made by Wayne Kingery of Rossville. Wright’s designs are innovative, artistic, and versatile, as shown by the set of six miniature triangle tables, pictured above. The pieces can be used alone or in various combinations to make different geometric shapes. The full-size versions can be end tables, coffee tables, seats, or stacked to make a lamp stand. Comet photo by Jennifer Archibald From now through April 28, the Flora Library will host an exhibit of items related to SAMARA, the West Lafayette home of Dr. John E. Christian designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Items include a collection of 23 miniatures (replicas of SAMARA’s furniture) and seven colored renditions of Wright’s architectural art. The exhibits were created by Dr. Christian. They are being made available for display throughout the Lafayette region through a North Central Health Services grant and the support of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Dr. Christian still lives in the home, and opened it to the public for tours, demonstrations, lectures, and discussions in 1988. For more information about the home visit www.samara-house.org.

A private tour of SAMARA is scheduled for library patrons and Monroe Township residents on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. The tour is free, but participants must provide their own transportation. If transportation is a problem, let the library staff know. For more information call the library at 967-3912, or check the library website at www.flora.lib.in.us.

Registrations can be made by phone, in person, or by email. Those registering should provide a phone number and email address, if available.

Frank Lloyd Wright is regarded as one of the world’s great architects. He designed every feature of SAMARA, including the furniture. The miniatures are ½ and ¼ scale reproductions of the original furniture designed or specified for the home. Made of Philippine mahogany, they were created over a three-year period, from 2005 to 2008. The replicas were made by Wayne Kingery of Rossville.

The seven colored renditions are authentic reproductions of Wright’s original drawings representing seven different projects. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, director of the Wright Archives in Taliesin, Ariz., states the original drawings, done in graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper, are very fragile and cannot be exhibited or handled too often. These limited edition reproductions are a rare opportunity to view Wright’s work. Purchased by Dr. Christian, they are indistinguishable from the originals, according to Linda Eales, associate curator of SAMARA.

The exhibit includes a VHS and DVD by Pfeiffer called “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Drawings.” These will be available for circulation along with Wright materials for adults and children that are part of the library’s collection. A Miniature Portfolio with detailed information about each piece in the exhibit will be available for in-house use. Of special interest to children is a replica of one of Wright’s famous homes, Fallingwater, built from Legos by Carroll Elementary fifth grade student Daniel Butcher.

The library will have a small supply of books available for purchase: “Frank Lloyd Wright’s SAMARA: Winged Seeds of Indiana,” and “Wright Panorama: Elements of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture in 360 Degrees.” Frank Lloyd Wright Panoramic Postcards will also be available. Proceeds benefit the John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust, whose mission is to educate the public on Wright’s architecture and SAMARA, and Friends of the Flora Library.

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