The title “American Landscape” belies the painting’s subject matter: a lone, anonymous figure dwarfed in an enormous sea of factories. According to Charles Sheeler, factories had become a “substitute for religious expression.” At the time of its creation, the painting was viewed as depicting the triumph of American ingenuity.

How can one enjoy a civilized life within nature? Frank Lloyd Wright responded with American ingenuity to create one of the most original and groundbreaking buildings in modern architecture. The dwelling is suspended above a waterfall and nestled into a mountainside, blending modern conveniences with views that make it appear to be a part of nature itself.