Public Art

Bell Chimes

By Paolo Soleri, WIlliam Conrad Severson and Vernon D. Gross
Category: Sculpture


Meant to supply a “sound feature” in the garden for the blind, this piece is intentionally interactive. The public is invited to play the bells and if the wind is strong enough it will also make them ring. While the bells were designed by Soleri, the structure was a joint effort of two local artists, Severson and Gross. They intended the structure to have as much importance as the bells and stated that they wanted it to be able “to stand on its own.”

For more information visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website.

Dimensions: 10′
Year Completed: 1986
Material: Bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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