21st Century: Query 192 (Frank Lloyd Wright)
“Bureaucrats: they are dead at 30 and buried at 60. They are like custard pies; you can’t nail them to a wall.”
~ Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, whose creative period spanned more than 70 years, designing more than 1,000 structures, of which 532 were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture.” As a founder of organic architecture, Wright played a key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century, influencing three generations of architects worldwide through his works.
How might Wright’s statement be true or false?
What, exactly, does he reveal about his feelings toward bureaucrats, which, presumably, includes politicians?
What does he mean when he says, “You can’t nail [bureaucrats] to a wall?”
In this quote, there may be an implied reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a flesh, blood, and bone human who suffered a painful for death for, essentially, being a problematic citizen. By comparing bureaucrats to “custard pies,” what is he suggesting about people who seem to escape consequences when they experience moral or legal lapses?
How might his profession inform his viewpoint toward bureaucrats?