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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bells and Lag

Cypress trees abound. Puts Tuscany in mind.

Jen and I landed at Logan at five this morning. Dunno about y'all but I just don't sleep on planes. I take that back — I doze briefly, sporadically and deeply uncomfortably.

Conspiring to really make my current killah jet lag a fierce bastard to behold and battle:
  • That three hour time difference which I never quite adjusted to until, em, maybe the last day. (DOH!)
  • The monster elevation change (we were at 7,000+ feet just north of Jerome. Here at home? Sea level — yes, OUCH). I only mention it but the stellar altitude totes wreaked havoc with my already significantly dicey sense of balance. Jen and Jenny wonderfully offered an arm, a shoulder for me to hang onto as we walked around cliff edges. I felt like a fragile 80 year old invalid BUT such brill vistas!
  • Average relative humidity levels in Phoenix — 23%, average relative humidity levels in Boston — 77%. Yes, it's that lovely dry heat remarked on so often but it seared every last picoliter of moisture clean outta me.
    Jen says the sound is deep and haunting
So then, until I've acclimated just a smidge, I give you more pics from the tremendous, inspiring, mind expanding Arcosanti.

The Soleri Windbells are made in a gorgeous open air studio here.
The beautiful Ceramics Studio is in an open, south-facing apse.  This passive solar environment enables the artists to work in the sunshine during winter and be shaded during summer. 
Proceeds from Bronze and Ceramic Windbells provide a major source of the funding for Arcosanti construction.  These pieces are sold in the Arcosanti Gallery, the Cosanti Gallery and are available online at
I wonder how much I'd get done if I was working in such a mind blowingly beautiful environment.

I imagine not too bloody much but, hey who knows!  Did this set up exist back when I was an angry young bee art student?

Working at Arcosanti would've been an astounding experience. Dunno if I had the maturity or the social skills to live and work with a small group of folks in such an alien (to this northeastern babe) environment. Actually, I'm quite sure that I most decidedly did not. The carnival trail was assuredly much more in line with my inchoate social chops.
We are always looking for self motivated, skilled, and responsible people to work with the project and participate in our unique community. To become a resident at Arcosanti you must first complete the Five-Week Workshop and submit a letter of intent to the Community Council.
Hmmm, maybe one day!

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