Back in June, Virgina-based artist Stephen Vitiello debuted A Bell For Every Minute - a site-specific, multi-channel sound installation set up in a tunnel passageway on the High Line. In colloaboration with Creative Time and NYC's Department of Parks and Recreation, Vitiello recorded bells ringing around New York City and plays one each minute in his installation. Every hour on the hour a chorus of several selected bells chime in an eccentric symphony. The recorded rings range from iconic chimes like the New York Stock Exchange Bell and the UN Peace Bell to more ordinary sounds like bicycle bells and church bells. A clock is conveniently on display alongside a list showing each minute and its corresponding bell. A map of the city "identifies the location of each bell, allowing the listener to follow the geographic journey of the recordings," (from thehighline.org).
Whether it's the speakers that were used for the installation or the acoustics in the tunnel, the ringing bells sound sweet and magical in the High Line's 14th Street Passage. While I was only able to stay for a couple of minutes (and for as many rings), I would definitely go back and revisit A Bell For Every Minute. The seemingly simple installation offers a charming respite from the everyday hubbub of the city. Learn more at thehighline.org, creativetime.org and at the artist's website stephenvitiello.com. Ongoing at the High Line's 14th Street Passage (between West 13th and 14th Streets).