The Singing Tower

George Cousins

North Saanich,British Columbia, Canada

Artist's Description

The Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Victoria, Vancouver Island,BC,Canada,was a gift from British Columbia’s Dutch community to honor Canada’s one hundredth birthday in 1967.The cornerstone was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Juliana of the Netherlands on May 23,1967. Originally having 49 bells in 1967, this was increased to 62 bells in 1971.Now part of the Royal B.C.Museum complex on Belleville street, the carillon is played often, especially during festive occasions such as the annual Symphony Splash.The Museum is the large white building directly behind the tower. The small garden in the foreground is one of many which enhance the entire city (which is known as the “City of Gardens”)
A basic carillon has 23 or more bronze bells. With 62, this one is the largest in Canada. The tower stands 89 feet tall, and the largest bell weighs 1500 kilos.
Playing it means a climb of 75 steps on a spiral staircase and then a 10-step ladder.The carilloneur depresses keys and pedals of the clavier to play a song on the bells,created when the bells ring by being struck by clappers connected with wires to the clavier.

Taken June 29, 2009 with a Fuji S100FS camera.

Artwork Comments

  • Mike Oxley
  • George Cousins
  • Stan Wojtaszek
  • George Cousins
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