This continues our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA.

The public opening and dedication was held on Saturday, December 11, with festivities and events throughout the day. The official dedication ceremonies and speakers were scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm.

Members of Vessel performed another installment of “Spectrum”, the atmospheric theatrical work created for the bridge site and the opening. The work started with a processional walk through the plaza and across the bridge and continued throughout the day with the silent, solemn performers weaving in and out of the crowd in colorful costumes. Each performer was costumed all in one color of the spectrum, even the skin.

[photo: YoungSoo Kim]

Waiting for solar high noon when a shaft of sunlight was produced in the 6″ gap between the stainless steel pylons was a highlight of the ceremony.

[photo: Tomiaki Tamura]

After Paolo Soleri’s comments the significance of the many parasols in evidence became clear. The parasol is important for its efficient daily use and ritualistic presence in a truly urban landscape among congenial people.

[photo: sue]

Many Arcosanti residents attended wearing black and carrying white parasols. Many old friends and alumni, including Nancy Way and Paula Wittner (creator of the large painting “Fellowship” now hanging in the Arcosanti Cafe) were there for this important event.

[photo: sue]

The Community Waterfall (a part of the theatrical work “Spectrum”) was a ritual performed by Vessel and the members of the audience/ community. Vessel performers gathered water from the canal in buckets and brought them up on the bridge. At a signal, the buckets were emptied over the side of the bridge back into the canal.

[photo: David DeGomez]

Of course Paolo Soleri was the star of the day. He was repeatedly solicited for photos and comments and here we see media and fans surrounding him.

[photo: sue]

 

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