Friday, November 30, 2012

Pull My Chord

A month ago I spotted this bell in front of 10211 Wincopin Circle in downtown Columbia. The cord was laid out in such a way as to invite passersby to ring it.

I pulled the cord. It made a nice gong sound.

I thought to myself that this was a pretty cool piece of public art and my immediate thought was that the building owners had put it there.

It turns out that the building owners only allowed it to be placed there but the Howard County Arts Council actually put it there. “Temple Bell” by Ed Kidera is part of ARTsites 2012, a year long public art public art exhibit spread around 12 locations all around HoCo including Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Cooksville and Laurel.

“The goal of ARTsites is to place sculpture throughout Howard County in order to generate interest in public art and make art more accessible to the community.”

It’s a great program but it also means the art is only temporary. At the end of the year the exhibit comes down ARTsites 2013 will begin. Then again, I suppose a building owner could always decide they like having a temple bell in front of their building and just buy the thing.

Or you could buy it for your own temple.
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