Fallingwater’s Landscape and the Art of Observation

February 11, 2021

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Drawing from decades of on-site observation and photography, Rick Darke will present inspiring visions of Fallingwater and its landscape in all seasons and in its myriad moods and moments. He will explore the rare synergy between Fallingwater’s built architecture and its surrounding landscape, which offers unique insights into immersive design and ecological dynamics that are readily available to keen observers. Through an introduction to the art of observation, Rick will open your eyes to both detailed and broad perspectives of Fallingwater and provide you with basic tools to enhance your enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of the places you care about the most.

Rick Darke is a Pennsylvania-based consultant, author, photographer and teacher whose work blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and conservation of living landscapes. His projects include parks, preserves, scenic byways, private and public gardens, transportation corridors and post-industrial landscapes including the Iron Garden at Pittsburgh’s Carrie Furnaces. Darke’s work has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and is reflected in his many books including, “The American Woodland Garden,” “The Living Landscape (co-authored with Doug Tallamy),” and “Gardens of the High Line (co-authored with Piet Oudolf).” Darke wrote and photographed the chapter Wright in the Woods for Lynda Waggoner’s book, “Fallingwater,” which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking. He has been studying and photographing Fallingwater’s landscape for more than 35 years. See rickdarke.com for further info.