The Hand-Cast Chimes of Paolo Soleri
And His “Ecology” City in Arizona
These amazing windbells by the visionary urban planner and designer Paolo Soleri dangle off the front of a private bungalow-style home in the center of Laguna Beach. (The home was featured in last year’s Charm House tour.) Once you notice these mid-century bronze or ceramic chimes–and decide you LOVE them and need to have your OWN–you start to spot them all over town.
Some people got interested in these values in the 60s and 70s, and never stopped pursuing them, even when they fell out of vogue. We have a lot of those types (now older) living in Laguna Beach (my kids called them “hippies,” which some of them were. But most of them simply shared these progressive values) who are like-minded to Paolo–artists who care about nature, gardens, beauty and not ruining what we have.
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