Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The DeGrazia Gallery

In addition to the chapel, DeGrazia built a gallery and a smaller home behind it. He built them from saguaro ribs, cholla cactus, rocks, mud and straw brick, scavengered timbers, cement. Of the adobe walls he said: "The mud wall is masculine - physically strong and durable. The straw is feminine - delicate as thread. The color is sun and gold".

The bottom photo is a photo of a photo (so to speak) of DeGrazia at work.


Blogger Sadia said...

What a beautiful gallery! I had no idea Tucson was so picturesque.

3:57 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

the light, display, everything ..just perfect!

5:15 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Louz, Your fotos remind me of the reasons why I adore the Southwest. I've spent lots of time in Santa Fe and Taos, but little in Tucson. I think I'd better amend that. I need a Southwest fix and your fotos spur me on. Great shots and wonderful info.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Lisi said...

beautiful, absolutely a place I would like to visit!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

There is such a contrast between the dry as bleached bones mid-day light in the desert and what DeGrazia created inside his buildings. He is so masterful in the way he used that light intensity in his skylights and other ways, channeled the sunlight instead of treating it as an enemy. Which to someone who's lived in this climate of furnace hot summers, is just a revelation.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

I want to live in a house with a hallway like the top picture, and walk barefoot. This art space looks so lovely.

2:21 PM  

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