Locatie:City Park, Vlamingenstraat (Kiosk)
Accessibility:This facility is accessible to people in wheelchairs.
A bell swings back and forth every four minutes. Judging from its movement, the bell is obviously ringing very loudly, but the four glass cubes subdue its volume to speech level and tempers the timbre. The sound is reminiscent of a peaceful afternoon, with a church bell ringing in the distance. By placing the clock in a totally new context, Dutch sound artist Bouke Groen plays with meanings. Without its glass encasing, the sound would be unbearably loud when standing next to it and it would disturb the serenity of its surroundings. In former times, a church bell ringing for a long period of time functioned as an alarm to warn people of hazards or impending doom. But what is this particular bell warning us for?
Good to know: during the Christmas hollidays of 2020, STUK already presented a sound installation by Bouke Groen in het City Park. Level consisted of five columns of glass in which voices resonated to create a spatial harmony.
Commision: Soundlands, Migrations and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for Llanelli Wetland Centre in Wales
Special thanks to: Stad Leuven, Groendienst Leuven & Silverseal Glass and Glazing in Neath, Wales