May 20, 2022  
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ART 286 - Lines Intertwine: Fay Jones and the Architecture of the Ozarks

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)

(Same as URBS 286 ) In 1980, the opening of the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas launched Fay Jones, an Arkansas architect and erstwhile professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas – who designed the building - onto the international scene. More than 3 million visitors from around the world have visited the chapel since then. The edifice is significant for its site: it is in a forest, almost resembling the natural landscape it is embedded in.  The structure is almost entirely made from glass, except for long pieces of wood that intersect in the top part of the building, producing intertwined lines of remarkable beauty. The cross-bracing or intertwining of lines became a signature motif of Jones’ residential, secular and sacred architecture as well as his vision of what an architecture of the Ozarks could be – with the multitude of forests in the region.


Hence, during the Spring Break Intensive four students and I will visit the aforementioned ThornCrown Chapel, the Mildred B Cooper Chapel and the Barry Evans Tree House in the Garvan Woodland Gardens – a structure inspired by Fay Jones’ architectural vision of intertwining lines. Adedoyin Teriba.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Majors. Permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.

Course Format: INT

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