A series of 17 antique maritime bells were temporarily installed through central Wellington, in a circuit curving from the waterfront though the central city and back to the sea.

The line which the bells collectively delineated corresponded to the part of the city most under threat from future flooding. By mapping the space of the city with sound, the project considered the relationship between built environment and natural topography. A chain reaction of sound was activated by the sound of one bell reaching the position of the next. This sound cue was acted on by ringers running between the bell stations. The piece looked back to the out-dated tradition of ringing church bells in times of danger in order to heighten awareness and raise alarm, encouraging the audience to consider how the intangible and distant crises of the future could be understood through an immediate and emotional encounter with the present.

Commissioned as part of ‘One Day Sculpture’.

Thursday 9 October 2008, commencing at 13.00

A performed sound circuit travelling from the lagoon by Jervois Quay, down Lower Willis St, Featherston St, Waring-Taylor St towards the Waterfront, Wellington.

Funders and Supporters

One Day Sculpture was funded by Creative New Zealand; Massy University College of Creative Arts; The Chartwell Collection; University of the West of England, Bristol and Massy University Foundation.

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