The temporary installation features seven individual windbell sculptures artfully placed along a designated hiking trail within Amangiri’s desert home that connects the resort to Camp Sarika. Each piece on display is from Cosanti Originals, a subsidiary of The Cosanti Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that specializes in bronze and ceramic windbells handcrafted by artisans in Arizona. The largest assembly, “Desert Wind,” stands at almost seven feet tall and was originally cast in 2007 before being refined in 2019.
The one-of-a-kind installation will remain at Amangiri for three months, allowing guests to marvel at the intricate, handcrafted forms of the world-famous windbells and experience the resonance of their melodic chimes. Individual windbells and smaller artisan pieces from Cosanti Originals, which are handmade in Arizona using techniques that date back almost 65 years, are also on display and available to purchase in the resort’s gallery. While the vibrant colors, textures and designs of the artisan crafts make them the perfect keepsake, the proceeds of each purchase help fund The Cosanti Foundation’s ongoing work in sustainable and experimental architecture.
Situated on 900 acres in southern Utah near the Arizona border, Amangiri is surrounded by the beautiful desert scenery of North America’s canyon country and has long acted as a springboard for exploration and discovery, while also serving as an inspirational base for artists, as well as the backdrop for several unique installations and exhibitions.
Continuing this legacy, the resort’s partnership with The Cosanti Foundation provides a perfect opportunity to showcase beautiful handcrafted artwork in Utah’s breathtaking environment, while supporting the organization’s work toward equitable communities that improve earth-life balance.
“With its focus on environmental preservation and love for the desert landscape, Amangiri is an ideal collaborator for The Cosanti Foundation,” says Matteo Di Michele, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Cosanti Foundation. “Our organization has a 67-year-old history of commitment to treasuring the southwestern part of the United States and we are honored to partner with the resort to welcome visitors to this extraordinary land.”
The Cosanti Foundation art installation at Amangiri will be on view now through November 30, 2023.
Photos courtesy Amangiri