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Villa in the Sky, Axonometric

A work made of graphite and black wash on paper.

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  • A work made of graphite and black wash on paper.

Date:

1987/89

Artist:

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

Artist

Martin Lockwood-Bean (Architect)

Title

Villa in the Sky, Axonometric

Origin

Kenya

Date

1987–1989

Medium

Graphite and black wash on paper

Dimensions

50.6 × 70.5 cm (19 15/16 × 27 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin Lockwood-Bean through the Schiff Foundation Fellowship

Reference Number

1989.230.11

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