The Design Industries Foundation for AIDS was founded in 1984 by volunteer design professionals to raise funds for AIDS and HIV programs in the United States. DIFFA is a grass roots foundation specializing in funding model projects for AIDS/HIV care, treatment, education, prevention and advocacy that are extrememly promising but unproven, and therefore avoided by traditional foundations. The DIFFA Bell is a replica of Paolo Soleri’s Zeffero that hangs in the Neiman Marcus store in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cosanti Foundation and Neiman Marcus are proud to be among supporters of DIFFA. Each bell bears a unique design handcrafted by a skilled artisan. Original designs will vary greatly from displayed sample.
The highly variable color patterns range from green to turquoise or from orange to red or with all shades mottled on the same piece.
The bell and its bronze components are steel brushed for a lustrous finish and burnished (flame treated) with a torch in order to bring out metallic bronze highlights varying from colors of gold to iridescent shimmers of blues and greens. An acrylic spray coating completes the finish making it resistant to oxidation. The luster brilliance and subtle highlighted patterns are artistically and randomly achieved, and therefore will vary from displayed sample.
See the finishes up close here.
Dimensions of Entire Assemblage: 27"x6"