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Cosanti — Paolo Soleri Studios   Leave a comment

Cosanti--Paolo Soleri Studios-72Cosanti — Paolo Soleri Studios in Paradise Valley (February 28th, 2020) — Image by kenne

In June of 2017, we went to Arcosanti — Architecture + Ecology 65 miles north of Phoenix. Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, environmental accountability, and experiential learning developed by Italian born architect, urban theorist, craftsman artist, and philosopher, Paolo Soleri, in 1970. This was 15 years after establishing his Architectural Design and Craft Studios, Cosanti, in 1955 in Paradise Valley.

While we were at Arcosanti, we bought a bell. Then during the monsoon of 2019, a strong gust of wind blew down the bell on our patio. Since then, we have been looking for an opportunity to purchase another bell.

We had planned to be in Phoenix on February 28th to see Diunna Greenleaf at the Rhythm Room. So, we left Tuscon early enough to visit the Cosanti Studios and go to dinner in Scottsdale before an evening of live Blues music. We now have a replacement for our original bell.

— kenne

 

 

Arcosanti — Photo Essay   2 comments

Arcosanti-1777_contrast blogArcosanti Visitors Center — High Contrast image by kenne
(Click on any of the images below to see larger views in a slideshow format.)

In some ways, Paolo Soleri’s urban lab experiment, Arcosanti, is a storybook castle in the desert, reflecting both reality and fantasy. One might argue that is what all art is. For Soleri, “We must redefine the American Dream before we can rebuild the infrastructure on which it is based.” (Arcology)

— kenne

 

We are all miniature systems of infinite complexity, fantastically well organized.
We should see the city as an inner environment, rather than an outer one.
We are creating a new animal, with thousands of minds, serviced by thousands of brains.

— Paolo Soleri

Soleri Figure Geometriche   1 comment

Arcosanti -1812 art II Soleri Figure Geometriche blogSoleri Figure Geometric — Computer Art by kenne

When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted

When Earth’s last picture is painted,
And the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colors have faded,
And the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it —
Lie down for an eon or two,
‘Till the Master of all good workmen
Shall put us to work anew!

And those that were good shall be happy
They’ll sit in a golden chair;
They’ll splash at a ten-league canvas
With brushes of comet’s hair;
They’ll find real saints to draw from —
Magdalene, Peter, and Paul;
They’ll work for an age at a sitting
And never be tired at all!

And only the Master shall praise us,
And only the Master shall blame;
And no one will work for the money.
No one will work for the fame.
But each for the joy of the working,
And each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It.
For the God of Things as They Are!

— Rudyard Kipling

Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri Bells   Leave a comment

 

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Arcosanti-1782 bells blogArcosanti, Paolo Soleri Bells (June 7, 2017) Images by kenne

It is only logical that the pauperization of our soul and
the soul of society coincide with the pauperization of the environment.
One is the cause and the reflection of the other.

— Paolo Soleri
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