Have you heard of Soleri and his WindBells at Cosanti and Arcosanti in Arizona? Paolo Soleri was an Italian architect, artist, and philosopher who designed his studios as well as other sites around town. Paolo Soleri first designed his Design and Craft Studios in 1955, tucked under Camelback Mountain, in Paradise Valley, and named it Cosanti. It remains there today, as an Arizona Historic Site and is open to the public. Cosanti means "Things Before", or "Against Things," which supports Soleri's anti-materialist stance and designing a home to minimize the destruction and impact of the earth. Cosanti remained his residence until he passed away in 2013. In 1970, Soleri built the experimental town called Arcosanti, about 65 miles north of Phoenix. He taught and influenced many architects and designers for generations.
I had the pleasure of photographing Cosanti last week, and wanted to share it with you. My favorite part of Cosanti were the world renowned line of bronze and ceramic Soleri WindBells and Planters by Paolo Soleri. If you come at the right time of the day, you will get a chance to see the process of how the bells are formed. It continues to be a proud artform for the skilled artisans at Cosanti and Arcosanti that carry on the legacy of Soleri's WindBells. They are so stunning, that I couldn't resist and had to own one myself!
You can learn more about Paolo Soleri when you visit the current exhibition at The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Now through January 28th, 2018. https://smoca.org/exhibition/paolo-soleri-the-city-is-nature/
For more information and to visit, go to www.Cosanti.com