The Hanselmann House located on a corner site which is entered adjacent to a stream running diagonally through the property in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The house built for a family of two adults and four children, designed by by Michael Graves. The house consist of a double cube, one being open and the other enclosed. It also consist of three principal facades, the main enterance located on the second primary facade at the center of the composition. The third facade, which is the densest, is the rear wall of the house containing the mural.
“In making a case for figurative architecture, we assume that the thematic character of the work is grounded in nature and is simultaneously read in a totemic or anthropomorphic manner. An example of this double reading might be had by analyzing the character of a wall. As the window helps us to understand our size and presence within the room, so the wall, though more abstract as a geometric plane, has over time accommodated both pragmatic and symbolic divisions. Once the wainscot or chair rail is understood as being similar in height to the window sill, associations between the base of the wall…and our own bodies are easily made. As we stand upright and are, in a sense, rooted in the ground, so the wall, through its wainscot division, is rooted relative to the floor.”– Michael Graves: Buildings and Projects 1966-1981