Thursday, May 27, 2010
Arcosanti! an urban labratory....Day six
Every summer lots of young people from all over come to volunteer and work so as to learn about arcology and Arcosanti. Each year they continue to build the urban experiment out here in the desert. Is Paolo Soleri a genius way before his time? Or is he a nutcase with a failed experiment on his hands? My guess he is probably a bit of both and has somehow at the age of 91 accepted Arcosanti for what it is.
From what I understand he lives in Scottsdale Arizona full time and comes out every Thursday to give lectures to interested persons. Also in the outdoor theater pictured above they have concerts when the weather gets better.
They cast clay bells in this area. I believe this is an earlier structure done with the red sand brought in from Sedona.
The room was small and efficient. Concrete ceiling and floors. I shared a bathroom with one other person next door (of whom I never saw). Here's a little self-portrait I did in the mirror...
Beautifully patina-ed in muriatic acid or liver of sulphur the price tags ranged from $60 to $1000. However they also silt cast bells using clay and these are in the 60 - 100 dollar price range.
But there are all ages here ranging from 4yr olds to 70 yr olds. Primarily I see 30-40 yr olds, alternative types, and I hear accents from all over the world as I sit typing in the cafe (the only place on the property where there is wifi). If you ever get a chance to visit here I highly recommend it. There is one room with two twin beds that has a kitchen in it and at this point it costs $65 a night. It may also be a little quieter because it is on the end of the little row of rentals. They serve a healthy and delicious all you can eat dinner every night and it only costs $9. Last night it was string beans with a pesto sauce, roasted turkey and a salad made with mostly leafy veggies.
Okay, after I get more caffeine I am off to more ghost towns and hope to land in Joshua tree tonight. As always I love to hear your comments...