PRIVATE tour of the Cosanti facility
Thursday, Febraury 22, 2024 | 11:35am.
15 person limit
location: 6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Cosanti was founded by Italian architect Paolo Soleri who came to the US in 1947 to study under Frank Lloyd Wright. The apprenticeship with Wright, while contentious and brief, influenced Soleri and his life’s work profoundly and cemented his interest in incorporating natural elements as Wright had into his architectural designs. Soleri and his wife built Cosanti in the mid 1950’s. The structures at Cosanti are experiments in passive solar heating and cooling, frugality, recycling, and cleverly building structures according to the sun’s position in the sky to warm the semi-outdoor spaces in the winter and cool them in the summer. The otherworldly structures and dwellings that comprise Cosanti date back to the late 1950s and early 1960s and have earned Cosanti a place on the Arizona Registry of Historic Places.
This private tour is an exciting opportunity to see Cosanti. Our group will have the opportunity to watch one of the daily bronze pours and interact with the foundry crew. We may be lucky enough to have a member of the Cosanti sculpture team give a special walk through of the unique lost-styrofoam casting process that they use for Paolo’s handmade sculptural pieces.
RSVP by February 20, 2024
EMAIL John Kaskela to register for this exciting event. You will need to fill out and sign a Consent and Release waiver in advance of the tour.
Plan on arriving by 11:35, at the latest. Check in is 15 minutes early at the Gallery front desk. The tour starts at 12:05pm sharp!
Tips for making it a pleasurable experience: Cosanti is mostly outdoors, and while we will stop frequently, plan appropriately for the weather. Hats, sunscreen, water, and good shoes are recommended. The grounds and structures at Cosanti have narrow pathways, steps, uneven walkways and other structural and natural features that may be challenging to guests with mobility concerns. If you have concerns or wish to discuss your particular mobility needs please contact Cosanti directly at email@example.com.
Space is limited. RSVP to attend by emailing Sculptors Group Chair, John Kaskela