Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


Made in Clarkdale: Arcosanti

Sunday, December 8

Clark Memorial Clubhouse
19 N. 9th Street, Clarkdale, Arizona

(928) 639-2441

FREE Admission

Join us for an afternoon of imagination and information with presentations on the history and artistry of both Arcosanti (whose cement is manufactured in Clarkdale) and Cosanti Originals ceramic bells.  The afternoon is part of the 9-day "Made in Clarkdale" art show, and will be followed by a wine tasting with the Verde Valley Wine Consortium (please note that there is a fee for wine tasting).  

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Building an Arcology at Arcosanti
For 43 years, volunteers from around the world have participated in the construction of Arcosanti, a prototype arcology (architecture + ecology) and Paolo Soleri's architectural alternative to urban sprawl.  Travis Shappell, MArch and current Arcosanti Planning Department Manager, will provide a visual narrative that illustrates the history and lived experience of the Arcosanti built environment from the perspective of form, function, craft, community and the relationships between.  

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Earth, Water, Fire, Wind: The Making of Soleri Bells at Arcosanti
Paolo Soleri's legacy as an artist and architect begins with the ceramic bells that have been produced by artisans at Cosanti and Arcosanti for over 50 years.  The architectural history of both places is intimately tied to the process and craftsmanship of these siltcast, hand-carved pieces, every one of which is a one-of-a-kind bell. Nadia Begin, who has managed both the Ceramics Studio and the Planning Department at Arcosanti, will demonstrate the bell-making techniques and discuss the connections between Soleri's artistic methods and architectural vision.

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