Each year for a week or so in May, our site focuses all efforts to support preparation for the now world renowned FORM Arcosanti festival. This event is hosted and curated by the band Hundred Waters and has grown rapidly from a subdued 500 person invite only experience in 2014 to the nearly 2000 attendees that it draws today.
Elements of the festival include live music, performance art, interactive sculpture, cultural panels, and opportunities for ticket holders to interact directly with the prototype arcology and the residents who call it their home three hundred and sixty-five days a year.
While FORM does bring their own production and site prep crew, there is still plenty of work for the residents. This year we tested our first ever FORM Workshop, where work-shoppers focused on projects that benefited the festival. Those projects included the sprinkler system for growing grass in the tent camping area and putting the finishing touches on our new furniture for the guest rooms.
By far the largest and perhaps most welcome project was the temporary conversion of the Lab building into a main thoroughfare. This walkway featured vendors on one side and a panel of photos curated by the planning and archives departments depicting the history of the site on the other. The maintenance team spent almost the entire week preparing and organizing their workshop for the transformation.
A follow up post-FORM article will be published here shortly, so for now thank you to both the residents and event staff who contributed so much time and energy to making sure Arcosanti continues to be a hub for cultural experience and communal experimentation!
(photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Tim Bell)