09.12.2016 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Uncategorized No Comments

Sculpture to be Symbol of Empowerment

Bell executive director, Ike Hileman, was gifted a large bell about 17 years ago when the agency moved into its current main office building at 160 S. George Street. The bell has been sitting in Hileman’s office, awaiting a strike of genius or clang of inspiration ever since.

Thank you to Bell friend, Jim Johnson, for the artist rendering of the sculpture, based on a drawing from designer/maker, Patrick Sells. Additional input came from engineers at C.S. Davidson.

Thank you to Bell friend, Jim Johnson, for the artist rendering of the sculpture, based on a drawing from designer/maker, Patrick Sells. Additional input came from engineers at C.S. Davidson.

“Maybe we should hang it on the side of the building,” Ike said, “or on a sidewalk somewhere so people could see it . . . and let’s figure out a way people could ring it.”

So we called on Patrick Sells from Salvaging Creativity. And the ideas started to develop and flow.  Early conversations led to the idea that incorporating levers and gears that could lead to ringing the bell would be really cool, and having it be something people had to do in tandem, or that would take more than one motion, would speak to the idea that it takes people working together and things that need helping hands don’t always happen instantly.

Pat worked with a couple engineers from C.S. Davidson and soon they had an idea that incorporated three levers, designed as hands to show giving a hand up, shaking a hand in partnership, and giving a high five.

The next step to completing the sculpture is raising the funds to construct it.

In honour of Bell’s 50th anniversary this year, we encourage you to give a contribution toward the bell sculpture. If you can afford $50, that’s a great help. If you can give $.50, that’s good, too.  Want to make it $150 or $250 or $500? Awesome!  We’d like to have as many people as possible invested in bringing the project to a ringing success.

Conversations about potential locations for the sculpture are happening; we should be able to announce the location soon.

We look forward to sharing with you an invitation to see the unveiling and hearing the bell ring together.

 

 

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