Bell Tower

Submitted by Yan Rieger

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Client: Kellenberg High School

Location: Uniondale, NY, United States

Completion date: 2001

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team

Artist

Yan Rieger

Kellenberg High School

Overview

Bell tower for Atrium Park at Kellenberg High School, Uniondale NY. Rev. Philip K.Eichner President.
The sculptural structure consists of three faceted dalles glass curved panels 2’6”w. x 24’, 29’ and 31 feet long. Supported on 12 four-inch steel column 40’h. Three historic Van Duzen bells cast by Buckeye Foundry in Ohio in 1876, 90, 94, weighting 400,500 & 700lbs .

Goals

Kellenberg High School desired a modern belltower to accommodate three historic bells. The tower to be located in the inner court of the school. The sound of the bells and a colorful composition of the firmament in a beautiful setting. A place for reflections and meditation. Giving serenity and joy to the students, giving a sense of sound and visual engagement with the surrounding fauna.

Process

The project started with a submission by artist Yan Rieger of several design variation in sketch form, followed up with a scale model. After approval a local company was contracted for the construction and erection of the steel tower. Yan produced a full size drawing for the artwork. Blenko glass blocks where faceted and set into epoxy by Helmut Schardt.