The sounds of a place: bells.

June 18, 2010 at 5:09 am Leave a comment

via CREATIVE TIME:

“Stephen Vitiello’s new multi-channel sound installation A Bell For Every Minute is a site-specific work commissioned for the High Line. The piece will fill the 14th Street Passage, a semi-enclosed tunnel between West 13th and West 14th Streets, with sound recordings of bells taken from all over New York City and beyond. Sounds range from the iconic rings of the New York Stock Exchange bell, the historic Dreamland bell days after it was discovered in the water off Coney Island, the United Nation’s Peace Bell, and more everyday and personal sounds of bike bells, diner bells, and neighborhood church bells. Bells are used in our culture to mark the passing of time, act as warnings and alerts, mark celebrations, and memorialize those lost. While there are numerous conditions under which bells are heard in our city, they are universal sounds that all of us can appreciate as part of the auditory landscape of our lives.”

A Bell for Every Minute opens Wednesday June 23, with a talk by the artist at 7:30pm. The free installation is located on the High Line, in the semi-enclosed tunnel between 13th and 14th streets.


Photo by Flickr user ndnbrunei

June 18′s daily design idea is sound plays an important, but often overlooked, part in creating a sense of place.

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