Heloise Crista (1926-2018)
Brass and Copper
approx. 15 x 17 x 10 inches

Heloise Crista, Acclaimed Sculptor and Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice


Heloise was born in Kobe, Japan on March 9, 1926. She
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Heloise Crista (1926-2018) Peace Brass and Copper approx. 15 x 17 x 10 inches Heloise Crista, Acclaimed Sculptor and Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION JUN 20, 2019 Heloise was born in Kobe, Japan on March 9, 1926. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California. Heloise joined the Taliesin Fellowship in 1949, not to become an architect, but rather to be in “the atmosphere of such ideas and such people as Mr. and Mrs. Wright and the community of apprentices.” If you’ve ever visited Taliesin West, you’ve likely noticed the bronze sculptures placed throughout the site. The unique sculptures hold a rich history, and were created by Heloise Crista. While at Taliesin, Heloise studied dance under the Wrights’ daughter, Iovanna, and was a respected and extremely talented performer. She did the dance notations for all of Iovanna’s dances, using stick figures to show the positions of the dancers and detailed descriptions of each move. In addition to dance, Heloise specialized in making highly-decorated and intricate costumes for the performances. Her performances and creations were influenced by her study of the philosophy of Russian mystic George Gurdjieff, which she continued throughout her life. Over time, Heloise became known for her sculpture work, an interest first sparked at Taliesin. Her first major work was a bronze bust of Wright, in 1956, which remains on display in the Garden Room at Taliesin West today. She continued to make busts of other Fellowship members and her son, and in 1978 she decided to make sculpture her career. In the ’70s and ’80s she even taught a sculpture class at Taliesin. Her sculptures have been incorporated throughout the campus at Taliesin West—where they continue to inspire visitors—and structures designed by the Taliesin Associated Architects, the architecture firm created by apprentices of Wright, following his passing. Heloise passed away on March 11, 2018, at her home at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.


  • Artist
    Heloise Crista (1926 - 2018, America)
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  • Dimensions
    H 15 in. x W 17 in. x D 10 in.H 38.1 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 25.4 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Missouri, MO
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