Frank Lloyd Wright Spire

In 2004, a defining piece of the Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1957 state capitol design rose in the Promenade shopping center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The shopping center desperately needed a focal piece, and Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Arnold Roy was happy to oblige. While Wright’s design never broke ground, Roy --Wright’s apprentice during the controversial Oasis project -- suggested the 125-foot glowing electric blue structure make its architectural debut on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright. The glowing turquoise spire boasts 1,700 pieces of steel, weighs over 75,000 pounds, and can be seen in the distance across the north valley. The spire contributes to Wright’s consistent use of natural colors that relate to the surrounding landscape, and is reminiscent of the world-famous turquoise found throughout Arizona. Ultimately, the piece serves as a fortuitous tribute to the renowned architect’s influence on the Valley of the Sun, and the Capitol that never was.

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