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1960's Modernist PAOLO SOLERI Arcosanti Bronze Double Wind Bell

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Posted 2 years ago


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This was the real score of the day, an original Soleri bronze windbell from the Arcosanti foundry right down the street in Scottsdale, Arizona. Its a double-bell actually, with a baby bell in place of a windcatcher.

Paolo Soleri was a neat guy, he had all these wacky theories on ecology and architecture, and he built a huge prototypical community out in the desert with the proceeds from selling these windbells for 40-50 years. They have become a symbol of my home state of Arizona, so I really, really love finding them. You see them in these old Arizona homes, so I always check the back patios at estate sales looking for them.

Even though its worth about 250-300, I can't bear to sell it... I just love anything Arizona since its my home state. My mother collects them as well, I might post some of her collection. They are really a CLASSIC symbol of Arizona.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Another great object. What a great piece! Emblematic of an Age!
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Thanks V!
    You should hear the way they chime hanging from a Palo Verde tree in a warm Arizona breeze
    They're real popular locally here. Some of them are very large and valuable, 1,000-1,500 all the way up to $2,500 US.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I wish you luck in your search for more. They are great! I think I'd seen them in movies, TV some time back. Iconic!
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i really love these soleri bells!
  5. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Thanks Cultcha! Aren't they the neatest?

    Do you live far away from Arizona? I always wondered if they were just a local thing or if they were spread out around the country. It seems like I only see them for sale from AZ
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    A new treasure to hunt!

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