"There are so many great architects living here," Green says, "and I think the sameness in Phoenix architecture must be like a hammer to their heads." Green, ever the polite Midwesterner, briefly worries that he might be offending someone. "I don't know," he quickly avers. "I'm not from suburbia."

My old Kentucky home: Brent Green's take on Leonard Wood's fantastic old house.
Courtesy of ASU Art Museum
My old Kentucky home: Brent Green's take on Leonard Wood's fantastic old house.

Green worries, too, that his work will be misunderstood — every artist's lament. "A lot of people think I'm making a biography of Leonard Wood," he says. "I am not. I'm not a reporter. I think Leonard's story is amazing, and I'm using the framework of that story to make a larger point: that life should be about finding what's important to you, and working on it, no matter how many people think you're crazy."

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