System of Architectural Ornament, A
|Name of Work||System of Architectural Ornament, A|
|Production Location||Chicago, United States|
|Current Location||Chicago, United States|
|Media Types||paper and pencil|
Detailed series of sketches of ornamental patterns for buildings, and their genesis, intended to show the complexity and organic simplicity of such a style of ornament. The drawings are a vast variety of visual patterns that share a rough relation to some Art Nouveau designs, because of its abstraction from organic floral and plant forms. But the genius of Sullivan's system of ornament is that this system is a rich abstraction of organic forms, and is not a literal use of organic forms as much Art Nouveau often does.
The world is a place of infinite, ordered, geometric, fluid possibilities.
The AIA (American Institute of Architects) in 1922 actually paid for Sullivan to create this series. These sketches can also be considered prototypes for three dimensional architectural ornament, not simply drawings.