LORRAINE WALSH
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BELL-MEDDLE

Public art and sound installation, 2010

This site-specific sound artwork considers a gazebo as a bell/cannon, which I engaged with a playful and historic approach using sound. Inspired by the writing of Brian Eno, Bells and their History, I envisioned the gazebo as a large bell and reflected upon the history of bellfounding. In 14th century Europe, it was discovered that canons used almost the same alloy as bells and were made with similar methods. Thus bells were smelted during wartime to make artillery canons and then made back into bells after hostilities were over. For this project, I recorded bell sounds from a local church mixing it with church bell sounds from Europe. I also created signage similar to those one would encounter at a nature center.

This project was by invitation and sponsored by Western North Carolina’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.