Just as I was stepping out of the cafe at Arcosanti yesterday a nice 40ish woman named Cabiria complimented me on my boots. She was dressed in ragged jeans and tied a piece of cloth around her waist like a skirt. On top she had on a well worn tank top. I had just written to you on the blog that I had not made any connections here so when she commented about my boots I took the opportunity to talk with her for a bit. Turns out that Cabiria was a San Fransisco transplant and had lived at Arcosanti for 4 years. Also she worked in the bronze casting foundry (which explained her well worn look). She, having seniority, had a great apartment that she pays $120 a month for. I told her I was disappointed with my tour from yesterday so she offered to give me a one on one tour at the foundry. Here's a picture...
Cabiria had said at one point she was cynical after the four years and while we were working I asked her why. "After being at Burning Man for many years", she said, 'I know if you really want to get things done and you have the people to do it, you can make it happen. Paolo is such a prolific artist, we have an entire trailer full of his drawings, bronze sculptures and architectural models, that I don't think he cares whether it gets done or not".
I said, "Yeah at 91 yrs old one probably accepts their limitations more so than us younger ones".
Cabiria said she liked living in community and that Arcosanti is a good place to go when you need a change in your life, although she also mentioned there were some people there with a 'small-town attitude' and it occasionally felt like she was in junior high school.
Meanwhile they were preparing for 'the pour'. Here's a picture of the two that suited up to handle the crucible as is came out of the kiln.
Cabiria said it took her a while to figure out how to position herself so that she could lift the molten crucible. As you can see it is quite heavy and it takes some skill to pour it just right. Once the bronze is poured they wait until the molds cool and then remove the bells....
I left Arcosanti about 11 am and headed towards Joshua Tree (the town not the park). On the way I did happen to find 'The Rice Shoe Tree Monument' out in the middle of nowhere on Highway 62.