Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
When we visited Frank Lloyd winter home in Taliesin West, we spent quite sometime during and after the tour at the Sculpture Garden with work by Heloise Crista. Her work was so impressive that we decided to write a separate blog for her work.
A dancer, costume designer and inspired sculptor, Heloise carved some beautiful sculptures incorporating her personality and the natural body flow she learned from dancing. Her work is displayed throughout the campus but at Sculpture garden you will find majority of her work.
Inspired by Frank Lloyd’s life and work, Heloise moved from UCLA to start fellowship at Taliesin West in 1949. She had an acute sense of movement and flow being a dancer which is explicit in almost all of her sculptures at the Sculpture Garden.
Aman’s photographs will justify my explanation of these sculptures better as they are hard to explain but I will try. All the sculptures with multiple human subjects have a sense of cohesion of movement and emotions within themselves. All others sculptures with individual human subject tend to showcase an interaction between the subject and a movement with a coupled emotion. Watching people looking at these installations and reading their emotions while they are looking at them was another thing we ended up doing. Tour will not allow you much time to spend here and you will need to come back after the tour is over.
Her work is amazing and very inspiring. Frank Lloyd’s organic architecture and Heloise Crista sculpture work are in perfect juxtaposition to explain the fluidity of life and movement and the part nature plays in it.
We highly recommend you to visit Taliesin West and see her work on display at the Sculpture Garden.
For our visit to Taliesin West, read our blog: Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school
Recommendations: Must book tickets online and in advance for guided tour. Comfortable walking shoes will help and dress according to the weather.0