Updated May 10, 2007I have a Cosanti bronze bell hanging from my palo verde tree. Before, it hung from a branch of a cedar tree in Oregon, and before that from my deck in Washington state. This bell is a treasure, given to me by my brother. It has a tone that cannot be matched and a strength that assures me that it will last for my lifetime and longer.
Back to the 60’s
A visit to the Cosanti Bronze Foundary is a bit like stepping back into the 60’s. According to the Cosanti website, the foundry, in Paradise Valley, Arizona is the residence and sculpture studio of Paolo Soleri and his staff. Soleri (later joined by his students) began work on the experimental buildings in the mid 1950’s.
Designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment. Its structures feature many imaginative design elements, reflecting innovative construction techniques.
Buying Your Bell
Take some time to wander through the foundry garden and look at the unique architecture. There is a special sense of peace that visitors feel at Cosanti. You cannot hurry. Selecting a bell is not an easy process. You will want to devote time to listening to each bell’s tone, to admiring their design. The profits from each sale directly benefit the Cosanti Foundation and help to build Arcosanti, the futuristic architectural wonder north of Cosanti.
Bells run from $25.00 to well over $1,000. Remember your bell is an enduring treasure and the proceeds benefit the work of Paolo Soleri.
When You Go
Cosanti is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except major holidays. Self-guided tours are always available. Guided group tours are by reservations only. The Indoor-outdoor Gift Gallery offers wide range of Soleri crafts and printed materials.
Cosanti is located at 6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd., one mile west off N. Scottsdale Rd and one mile south of Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale, Arizona.