Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Visitors Center

August 27. 2014

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraVisitors to Arcosanti arrive at the Visitor Center entrance that greets you with a metal sign "ARCOSANTI" cast in our Foundry where the world-famous Soleri windbells are made by the resident artisans.

[photo & text by Tee]

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraAfter crossing the wooden bridge, the visitors reach a terrace, surrounded by glass windbreaks and covered with summer shades, offering a spectacular view of the Arizona highlands.

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraOne flight of stairs up, on the wall at the entrance to the Gallery where the hourly daily tours start, the upcoming Arcosanti event announcements are posted. Further up inside the Gallery, many Soleri and residents' artworks and crafts are on display for sale, along with publications and goods pertaining to Arcosanti.

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraOne flight down from the entrance to the building, our Cafe is open to visitors. A spacious room with a large atrium provides a unique architectural experience. The Cafe offers affordable self-service meals to our guests and residents.

August 23. 2013

This completes our report from 8/14 to 8/21/2013 about how the Paolo Soleri bronze bells are made.

In the 8/14 report we can see the foundry crew preparing the molds for each bell with a sand-casting method. Foundry crew at the moment are Brendan Siegl, Rawaf al Rawaf, Jonas Fister, and foundry manager Andy Chao.

On 8/16 we can see photos of hot bronze poured into each of the molds.

The 8/19 reports shows how the cooled molds are broken down and the bells taken out of the sand.

On 9/21 we reported on the steps of cleaning, grinding, assembling and the process of patina for the bells.

[photos by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo, text by Sue Kirsch]

Here is the completed bell on display in the Visitors gallery at Arcosanti.

Note the crisp new wall display for the bronze bells, designed by Travis Shappell.

Every piece of the Cosanti Collection was designed by Paolo Soleri and embellished by our skilled artisans in sympathy with his compositional standards. Revenues from their sale help to support the construction efforts at Arcosanti.

You can find a gorgeous variety of Paolo Soleri - Cosanti Originals bells at the Arcosanti Visitors gallery as well as at Cosanti, and you can purchase bronze bells and more through our on-line store.

February 06. 2013

An exciting new line of t-shirts has arrived at the Arcosanti visitors center. 

Three of Paolo Soleri's line drawings are available in various colors.

The shirts also have an interesting new logo design on the back.

They are made of a very light and durable 100% preshrunk cotton, and have been printed by Conrad McAnany, son of alumni Marietta Strano and Richard McAnany. 

The shirts are also available at the SMOCA Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the present Paolo Soleri exhibit.

December 26. 2012

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraArcosanti Visitor Center anticipates visitors traveling through northern Arizona during this holiday season.  We are open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. However, we close at 1 pm on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) and all day on New Year's Day (Jan 1).

[Photos and text by TT]

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraVisitor Center offers tours each hour from 10 am to 4 pm, except for 12 noon.  Arcosanti crafts and accessories, along with publication are sold at Arcosanti Gift Gallery.

photo by Tomiaki Tamuraphoto by Tomiaki TamuraThe guests may enjoy lunch buffet at Arcosanti Cafe in a spacious setting with spectacular view at $9 per person including beverage and tax, served from 12 noon to 1:30pm.


We have placed selected Soleri original drawings for sale in the Arcosanti Gallery.
All these original drawings on display have been previously chosen as part of an installation in the upcoming exhibition,

"PAOLO SOLERI: Think. Draw. Build. SUSTAIN"

at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum this coming winter (scheduled from February 18 to April 8, 2013).

This unique offer coincides with the 93rd birthday(June 21st) of Paolo Soleri, recently retired from the Cosanti Foundation, devoting his time to writing.

In order for prospective buyers to take possession of any of these rare items, original drawings which are available nowhere else, they will need to:

[1] agree that the purchased pieces will be loaned to us for duration of the exhibition,

[2] pay an initial deposit, 40% of the purchase price, and

[3] take delivery of the purchased item after the exhibition closes, upon our receiving the balance of the payment.

The prices for the art work range from $2,500 to $40,000. Please inquire for more details at Soleri Archives:  archives [at] arcosanti [dot] org, or 928.632.6240.

The Northern Arizona University Art Museum plans to produce an exhibit catalogue that may feature these drawings.

Any of these drawings that remain unsold after the exhibition will still be available for sale, likely at higher prices.

[photos: Sue & text: Tomiaki Tamura, Jeff Stein]





This particular drawing is part of Soleri's Mesa City series and was displayed in several exhibitions, most notably in 1998 during "AT THE END OF THE CENTURY: One Hundred Years Of Architecture".

Original drawing by Paolo Soleri
[Ink, Acrylic, and Crayon on Paper]
mounted in a light wood frame, off-white matte,
frame size 58.75 inches wide x 17.75 inches high x 2 inches deep.

This early work by Soleri traveled four continents as part of a major exhibition summarizing the architectural accomplishment throughout the world in the last century.

The profound architectural exhibition began its international tour March 12. 1998 in Tokyo, Japan. Addressing architectural feats and ultimately transformations, "AT THE END OF THE CENTURY: One Hundred Years Of Architecture" recognized renowned architects and landmarks that represent the advancement within the twentieth century.

The exhibition considered the numerous aspects of architectural evolution in seven essays, in addition to the numerous color illustrations. Easily understandable, whether scholar or learner, a student could see the progression of architecture and urbanism through a global perspective.

The exhibition analyzed both how architecture has affected society, as well as what has been influential in the process of design. Some elements examined relating to the way architecture shapes civilization, consisted of urban growth, modernization and the desire for individuality. In opposition, economic, political and geographic factors were assessed. This exhibition considered the evolution of architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century, as both a conscious and unconscious movement.

The exhibition was organized by Richard Koshalek and Elizabeth A.T. Smith for The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The exhibition toured to:
The Museum for Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan,
Colegio de San Ifdefonso, Mexico City, Mexico,
Ludwig Museum / Joseph Haubrich Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany,
Fundacao Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil,
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles,
Sikinin R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Paolo Soleri wrote about his Mesa City designs:

Mesa City’s interest lies in
(1) fragmented attempts to introduce corposity into the urban morphology, a premonition of the arcological concept;
(2) a preoccupation with the ecological aspects of every phenomenon on this planet, including the human phenomenon;
(3) the unequivocally stated conviction that the city is ultimately the most relevant aesthetic phenomenon on this earth and, consequently, that the characteristic genesis of the city is an act of creation, through the paths of discovery and invention.

Project Mesa City is the outline of a regional development in the west of the American continent or any other similar region. The land is internationalized under world government authority. Thus the sheltering of man is based on his worth, not on his clan. By dedicating a parcel of its land for this purpose, any developing country would see a radical transformation of its social, economic, and cultural life.

[photo: David DeGomez & text: 'At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture' exhibition management, Paolo Soleri, Tomiaki Tamura]


Just incase you have not been able to find the perfect Christmas present, there is a gorgeous collection of COSANTI ORIGINAL items waiting for you at the Arcosanti and the Cosanti gallery.

Every piece of the COSANTI ORIGINALS collection of bronze and ceramic bells and sculptures is designed by Paolo Soleri and embellished  by skilled artisans in sympathy with his compositional standards.

Also available is a beautiful, hand carved, selection of tiles.

The spirit of the Cause Bell is depicted in the special links designed by Soleri. Each link represents an issue of either national or global concern. Individuals and organizaions can share the spirit of these ideas and give a helping hand by RINGING A BELL FOR A CAUSE.

For every bell purchased from the Cause Bell collection, the customer may choose to donate $16 of the retail price to one of the several benefiting organizations including the Cosanti Foundation.


[photos by Sue]

September 27. 2010

The south bays of the Visitors Center Gallery have been remodeled. The south-west corner now contains the Arcosant 5000 model, as well as some new graphics.

Three resident artist display their artwork in the space against the west wall, Linda Fournier's precious stone jewelry, stone and metal sculpture by Cliff Hersted and for the first time, ceramic bowls by Scott Reily.

Some of the cabinets were moved to the south wall and framed posters reorganized.

The east side of the southeast bay was painted a dark green to enhance the viewing experience of the introductory video for visitors. On the south side is a new display of Arterial Linear City graphics.

March 19. 2010

Arcosanti Offers Rare Sale on Soleri Windbells

Handmade in Arizona, Soleri windbells are offered at discounted prices in the Arcosanti Gallery only March 19 – 28, 2010.

? A limited time sale on Soleri bronze windbells will be offered in the Arcosanti Gallery from March 19 – 28, 2010, including 20% off a wide selection of bells. Located about 1 hour north of Phoenix near exit 262 off of Interstate 17, Arcosanti is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arcosanti offers visitors remarkable architecture in a serene desert setting.

? Walking tours are offered several times per day, the Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, and a visitor hiking trail presents an opportunity to see splendid views of the Arcosanti site perched upon a colorful desert mesa. Call 928-632-7135 or visit for maps or additional information.

? Each one of a kind Soleri windbell is handmade in Arizona using the techniques developed by Italian architect and Arcosanti founder Paolo Soleri. This sale is only offered once per year, only applies to in-store purchases at Arcosanti, and cannot to be combined with any other discount.

? The GREAT SPRING SALE of Paolo Soleri bells is happening all of this week, until March 29. 2009.
Take advantage of great prices on the famous SOLERI bells.

? A selected special assembly is also on sale, this week only.
Also on sale is the famous Colly Soleri Music Center bell.

? And selected "Cause" bells have been marked down for this annual sales event.
Take a drive out to visit us in this beautiful spring weather. Come and take an interesting tour through the Arcosanti site, have some yummy cookies in our bakery, or have a delicious buffet lunch from 12 noon to 1pm in our lively cafe.
Or join us on Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm for the weekly one-hour meeting, "School of Thought", with Paolo Soleri.

March 20. 2009

? From March 21. - March 29. 2009 selected Paolo Soleri bells are on sale at Arcosanti during this annual SPRING SALE Event.
Hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.
Please note that this sale is taking place at the Arcosanti location only.
See Directions.