March Balloons, Oak

Motawi Tileworks
Frank Lloyd Wright (b.1867, d.1959)
Production date
Circa 2008: manufacture
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Production date
Circa 2008: manufacture
1927: design
Framed ceramic tile with abstract geometric imagery based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright. The design shows overlapping circular forms in tones of brown, tan, cream, green, blue and grey.

Motawi Tileworks partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to create a series of art tiles that are adapted from Wright's portfolio of work.

Motawi Tiles (2016) has written about the history of the design, stating “In 1927, Wright designed a series of twelve seasonally themed monthly covers for Liberty magazine. The magazine deemed the covers too avant-garge and returned them to Wright. March Balloons is based on one of those covers.”

A printed label accompanying the object reads "Tiles from the Frank Lloyd/ Wright Design/ Collection./ A gift from the City of Springfield to the City/ of Casey in appreciation for participation in/ the 2008 Connolly Games/ sporting & cultural exchange in/ Springfield, Ohio, USA."

Motawi Tiles, 2016, 8380 OK 8x8 March Balloons, Oak, viewed 30 September 2020 <>
Artist/Maker and role
Motawi Tileworks: Manufacturer
Frank Lloyd Wright (b.1867, d.1959): Designer
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Media/Materials description
ceramic, wood
20.0 x 20.0 cm (tile), 29.0 x 29.0 x 1.9 cm (frame)
Signature & date
Makers marks inscribed on reverse of tile, in centre "MOTAWI/ TILEWORKS/ ANN ARBOR, MI" and in lower centre "Frank/ Lloyd/ Wright/ COLLECTION".
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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