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While in Phoenix we toured Paolo Soleri's studio to witness the bronze casting process and see his imaginative architecture at Cosanti. He is noted for his experimental concrete earth structures and bronze and ceramic windbells.

Soleri's far reaching endeavor is the creation of a desert city called Arcosanti. All of the proceeds from the sale of his products go to the furthering of this futuristic city located 65 miles beyond Scottsdale off I-17 at Exit 262. We didn't have the time to see Arcosanti, but there were signs posted to the sight.

Paolo Soleri was born in Turin, Italy in 1919 and studied there for his architectural degree. He came to Arizona in 1956, eventually establishing the Cosanti Foundation and creating his world-famous windbells.

A guide walked us through the casting process, toured with us through the unusual structures and explained Paolo's crafts. At the end of the talk, we found ourselves in a gift shop surrounded by Soleri's "bells". After trying out several, we purchased one for our windchime collection on the back patio.

Cosanti is open daily Mon.-sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 11 am-5pm and closed during major holidays. Groups are welcome by reservation.

Address: 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley, Ari
Phone: 480-948-6145

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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