Individually handcrafted using a mixture of bronze and ceramic, our Cosanti Originals Windbells delight the ears of those who travel along the winding paths of Cosanti's grounds. Organic structures emerge out of the Arizona landscape to immerse guests in a creative, meditative experience. Guests can take guided tours of the property 7 days a week, and can also view the dramatic bronze casting process weekday mornings at Cosanti's foundry. Visitors to Cosanti will find that the gallery is accessible for shopping, while the other spaces and amenities (including tours and restrooms) are not ADHD compliant.
The other worldly structures and dwellings of Cosanti are recognizable to the many thousands of people who have visited this cultural treasure in Paradise Valley. Arrestingly imaginative, these original structures date back to the late 1950s and early 1960s and have earned Cosanti a place on the Arizona Registry of Historic Places. Cosanti was built by Paolo Soleri (1919-2013), an Italian-born architect, urban designer, and philosopher who is known for his provocative ideas on blending architecture with the environment to create micro-cities centered around people instead of cars. Including Cosanti, less than ten of his projects have survived. Soleri experimented on a large scale with his "earth-casting" technique in 1956 to create the innovative structures found at Cosanti. Built from the roof down and outside in, many of these unusual spaces were created by first forming a concrete shell over mounded dirt. This shell was then excavated and what remained became walls and a roof.