Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Colly Soleri Music Center

April 10. 2013

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? We complete our report of the tent removal in the amphitheater of the Colly Soleri Music Center, segments posted on 1/18, 1/21 and 1/23.
The huge tarp has been lowered to the amphitheater stage. ? We complete our report of the tent removal in the amphitheater of the Colly Soleri Music Center, segments posted on 1/18, 1/21 and 1/23.
The huge tarp has been lowered to the amphitheater stage.


? The crew folded the material into a managable packet and lots of people are needed to carry the wrapped tarp out of the amphitheater.
The East Crescent space has taken on a whole new look. When the tarp was first installed in 1989, only the first Unit had been built.


? For the first time we can appreciate an un-interrupted view of the size and beauty of this amphitheater, surrounded by ten Units of appartments, common spaces like the communtity room, recreation room and library, and Soleri Archives on the groundfloor of Unit 3,4 and 5.
Planning department and Graphics are working on a new design for coverage of the stage and seating area.


? This continues the report from 1/18 and 1/22/08, of tent removal in the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater. All of the hardware has been disconnected on the east side, where the tarp butts up to the north walls of the Music Center.
The crew now folds the giant piece of material towards the middle, slowly loosening the last connections of the tent to the edge of the amphitheater. ? This continues the report from 1/18 and 1/22/08, of tent removal in the Colly Soleri Music Center Amphitheater. All of the hardware has been disconnected on the east side, where the tarp butts up to the north walls of the Music Center.
The crew now folds the giant piece of material towards the middle, slowly loosening the last connections of the tent to the edge of the amphitheater.


? Construction staff Dave Tollas and Nelson DeLa Rosa, and alumnus Angus Gluck are loosening the hardware on the main connector, high above the stage.


? To give an idea of the size of the hardware, this shows Dave Tollas with the main connector.
And to show the size of the space, here is part of the stage with the scaffolding, one of the two north pillars, East Housing and in the very back-ground the Vaults.
The tarp has been detached [too mild of a word for the dramatic event] and now lays on the stage.
We complete this report on 1/25/08.


? We continue our report from 1/18/08 about the tent removal in the amphitheater in the Colly Soleri Music Center.
Maintenance crew member David De Gomez removes hardware at each of the spines that fastens the tent to the edges of the amphitheater. ? We continue our report from 1/18/08 about the tent removal in the amphitheater in the Colly Soleri Music Center.
Maintenance crew member David De Gomez removes hardware at each of the spines that fastens the tent to the edges of the amphitheater.


? The south edges of the tent are clipped to a strong cable structure.
It's hard to see through the tree branches as the crew detaches the fasteners one by one.


? The sides are free and the crew now folds the heavy cloth towards the middle of the seating area.
This report continues on 1/23/08.


? Arcosanti is built on marginal land on the edge of a mesa and is exposed to a lot of fairly intense wind whipping through the site.
A tent was installed in 1989, to cover audience and stage in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. It's been 19 years of intense Arizona sun, heat and winds, and the weight of snow in some of the winters.
Trying to gently lead up to this week's major event, the tent had to come down. ? Arcosanti is built on marginal land on the edge of a mesa and is exposed to a lot of fairly intense wind whipping through the site.
A tent was installed in 1989, to cover audience and stage in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. It's been 19 years of intense Arizona sun, heat and winds, and the weight of snow in some of the winters.
Trying to gently lead up to this week's major event, the tent had to come down.
The last major storm tore loose the east portion of the stage cover and the raging wind flapped the released tent so hard it sounded like artillery.


? Maintenance departmant did their best for years to keep up with tears and all kinds of weather damage, but the material has become so frayed that repair becomes very difficult.


? A crew gathered from several departments on Tuesday morning, erected a scaffolding on the stage and proceeded to unhinge and lower the steel frame that normally holds stage lighting fixtures.
We continue this report on 1/21 and 1/23 with a final report on 1/25 and the amazing revelation and surprise of this brand new view of the East Crescent and amphitheater seen in an entirely different light.


April 16. 2004

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The backdrop panels on the Colly Soleri Amphitheater stage get a facelift, to prepare for the 2004 Events series.
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Maintenance crew member Mark Wigham [left] and Jack Appelt [right].
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The backdrop panels on the Colly Soleri Amphitheater stage get a facelift, to prepare for the 2004 Events series.
[Photo & Text: sa]



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Maintenance crew member Mark Wigham [left] and Jack Appelt [right].
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Maintenance crew member Mark Baris. Check our home page for news on upcoming events.
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