It was perhaps fitting that during one of the windiest weeks in Arizona, visionary architect and artist Paolo Soleri died at the age of 93. Known for his many accomplishments, it is Soleri’s artistic bronze and ceramic windbells that are most recognizable to Arizonans – and indeed, many of us own at least one or two. During this week's windstorm, his bells rang loudly on our porches and patios, as if in herald.
Born in Italy in 1919, Soleri came to the U.S. in 1947 and studied under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona and Taliesin East in Wisconsin. After returning to Italy for a time (where he picked up his ceramics expertise) he moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., permanently in 1954.