Iraq archaeology represented in a beautiful, modern city as imagined by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
While Wright’s vision for Baghdad was never realized, his drawings now represent part of the history of Iraq – or at least the history of “what could have been.” In Wright’s plans, Iraq archaeology, as well as art and popular culture, would have existed harmoniously within a modern urban center. For Frank Lloyd Wright, Baghdad had enormous potential. He made his plans at the age of 90 after a visit to Baghdad in 1957. His drawings are currently on display at New York City’s Center for Architecture exhibit City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952–1982. See what could be viewed as an alternate history of Iraq in the drawings and models currently on display in the exhibit.
Read “Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Archaeological Museum for Baghdad” as it appeared in the Strata section of Biblical Archaeology Review, Jul/Aug 2012, 12.
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