For centuries bells have been located at the center of public culture, as markers of significance in funerals, weddings, calls to mass, town hearings, calls to war, warning about natural disasters, etc. Their sound has had countless meanings across times and places; but their voice, the same the power to connect people.
Yet, at some point the public significance of bells started waning. The growth of modern cities created so many new sounds that bells became one among many “noises”; or, as Coleridge put it, “the poor man’s only music”.
With this site-specific installation I want not only to evoke but to reclaim some of the public connectedness of that world that bells created.