Public soundscape (bells on lampposts) South Broad Street (Avenue of the Arts) between City Hall & Washington Ave. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA LL: N 39.93805, W 75.16684 (S end), N 39.95151, W 75.16394 (N end)
Regional Performing Arts Center Kimmel Center, Inc. 26 South Broad Street Suite 901 Philadelphia, PA 19102 T: (215)790-5800 F: (215)790-5801 E: firstname.lastname@example.org - or - Philadelphia City Hall - or - The Academy of Music Broad and Locust Streets Philadelphia, PA 19102 - or - Robert Coburn Conservatory - University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95211 E: rcoburn /@/ pacific DOTedu
Programmed to play a symmetric set of symmetric compositions daily, one each hour from 9 to 5 plus one each quarter hour 0815-45, 1215-1345, 1715; was silenced in 1998 by construction of the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts (Regional Performing Arts Center), and has never been fully restored.
A public arts project by Robert Coburn, commissioned by the Public Arts Program of the City of Philadelphia in 1993. All notes except the topmost are duplicated, with bass G at both ends of the mile-long row and treble D at the center - total 39 bells. Control panel in basement of the Academy of Music.
Chime-sized instrument (without any workable playing mechanism) of 20 tones in 39 bells Pitch of heaviest bell is G in the treble octave Transposition is not applicable Keyboard range: G D / NONE There are no missing bass semitones The whole instrument was installed in 1996 with bells made by Eijsbouts Year of latest technical information source is 1998
The artist's own Webpage, which had information about the project, has unfortunately disappeared.
An essay on "Mobilization of the Arts" mentions this project on the context of a broader discussion of "Avenue of the Arts" projects.
Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of NOTES).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.
Index to all tower bell instruments in PA.
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