Group Motion comes to Arcosanti for five days. Const team (including me) set up stage on friday. Then we weeded the long abandoned volleyball field. On Mon its back to the sidewalk…
Fri was also a Big day for Dixon and Jenn in planning. They on the second attempt completed a successful fabrication of a concrete countertop that will go in crafts III residential bathroom.
On Sat I met Dale from Austin. He is very perceptive about Arcosanti, seeing many things very early that it takes many a lot longer to figure out. We discussed the project’s entrepreneurial roots. Related to that we wondered why they dont teach about selling art in art school.
Arcosanti is of course unique in that it is a place created by a artist visionary that combines aspects of art, architecture, entrepreneurism and philosophy. We considered the reality that there are not really many such places started and wondered why… Yet at Arcosanti it seems there is little support for such things rather it is all promoting Soleri’s futurist vision of Arcology – even though Soleri says the “future does not exist.”
The lesson learned for me is that a place like Arcosanti would be best focused on how to train the people coming their so that they could replicate the success of the founder or founders of the project rather than worry about the legacy of the founder and putting forward what might come across to many as a pie in the sky vision that has little if any practical connection with the everyday reality of the project!