Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Bells of Cosanti

Paolo Soleri’s bells are part of a design theory that runs the scale from art object to megastructure. I have a half dozen of these beautifully crafted objects
that bring joy not only from their sound, but also from their place in a scheme of urbanism that foretold the value of density and conservation during the mid 20th century, a time when just the opposite was in vogue.
The bells, like the city of Arcosanti are organic in design, each seemingly dwelling within the other.

Visiting Cosanti is very much like tripping back to a desert commune of the ‘60’s.

It’s an intriguing place caught in time. The bells are cast each morning and the sand molds are broken in the afternoon.
If you are in the Phoneix, Arizona area, it’s worth a trip to both Cosanti the foundry, and Arcosanti the urban experiment.

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