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Villa in the Sky, Plan

A work made of graphite and watercolor on paper.

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  • A work made of graphite and watercolor on paper.




Martin Lockwood-Bean
Kenyan, born 1951

About this artwork

Martin Lockwood-Bean conceived his Villa in the Sky project as an allegorical reference to the African rift valley that cuts from the Red Sea to Zimbabwe. Through a series of watercolor renderings, the motif of the cut forms a diagonal axis of corridors and structural beams transecting a structure that is “grafted” onto an International Style high-rise building in Chicago. Blending the spatial complexity of Constructivist architecture and the high-tech structures of the 1980s, this ambitious project transformed the geometric clarity of such plans into a complex living space that suggests both an amphitheater and a bridge. Martin Lockwood-Bean is a former director of Healthcare Interiors at VOA Associates in Chicago.


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Architecture and Design


Martin Lockwood-Bean (Architect)


Villa in the Sky, Plan


Kenya (Artist's nationality:)

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Graphite and watercolor on paper


50.3 × 70.8 cm (19 13/16 × 27 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Martin Lockwood-Bean through the Schiff Foundation Fellowship

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