A thousand delicate glass bells are now shimmering in the shafts of sunlight (well daylight anyway) which shine through the medieval glass windows of York St Mary’s, York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space.
Our dedicated team have spent five days on and off attaching the bells to fishing wire hanging from the roof of the former church to create Laura Belém’s installation, The Temple of a Thousand Bells.
Curator of Art Laura Turner and Gallery Manager Lorna Sergeant first saw the installation at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and thought it was ideal for the space at York St Mary’s.
Inspired by an ancient legend about a temple sinking into the sea, it will be accompanied by a polyphonic soundpiece.
Brazilian artist Laura Belém came over to the UK this week to supervise the installation process.
Laura Turner was joined by senior gallery guide Julie Redpath, and freelance artists Shaun Pickard and Simon Skirrow, on the scaffolding!
The results are looking beautiful already…
The installation opens to the public on 25 May and runs through until 4 November, open every day, with free entry.
Visit the York St Mary’s website for more information.
A Temple of a Thousand Bells is part of this year’s Art in Yorkshire Goes Modern, a celebration of modern and contemporary art in 27 galleries throughout Yorkshire during 2012.