Frank Lloyd Wright And Iraq


I feel this is something I should have known about before, but last night on page 214 of Where God Was Born came this nugget.

(Frank Lloyd) Wright conceived an elaborate island compound in the middle of the Tigris and dubbed it Edena.  Complete with a  circular opera house capped by a statue of Aladdin, as well as a three-hundred-foot spiral tower adorned with camels, his design was abandoned as an embarrassment of Western chauvinism.

I had never heard of this design before, and am rather thrilled by the idea that he had hoped to construct.  Wright was among the many elite Western architects invited to Iraq as part of a campaign to modernize the capital city.  He distinguished himself from this group by developing a plan making specific reference to Iraqi history and culture.

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