It is the order of all records for the Paccard bell foundry in Annecy. She will deliver to Tampa University in Florida, the largest Ars Sonora musical sculpture ever made.
It is a unique musical sculpture that will soon be installed on the campus of the University of Tampa in Florida. A 32 meter high Ars Sonora sculpture. It was created by the Paccard Haute-Savoie bell foundry. It is the biggest ever made by the company.
A musical monument
It is the largest contract in the history of the company created more than 200 years ago. The sculpture Ars Sonora which will be delivered to the Americans is composed of 63 bronze bells of all sizes, varying from 9 kg for the smallest to 2 tonnes. These are electronically connected to a piano keyboard. This allows a game full of nuances and finesse.
“Who can claim today to have in a municipality or a university to have invested in something which will still be there in 2000 years?” asks Anne Paccard, communications director for the family business. According to her, several aspects appealed to Americans. the “heritage side, the visible, emblematic side becomes a university totem “. But also and above all explains Anne, “what was really important to them was to be avant-garde, to be the first to implant Ars Sonora on American soil.”
Sculpture in a few figures
– Number of bells: 63
– Height of the sculpture: 32 meters
– Total weight: 85 tons
– Heavier bell: C 3 of 2 tons
– Smallest bell: Make 8 of 9 kg
– 9 kilometers of cable
– 140 places
– 3 and a half years of work
– a 100% Savoyard creation! The 316 L stainless steel structure will be produced by the company Satil, a long-time partner of the Paccard Foundry.
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