Bell on Wheels

Chip VanderWier's avatar Chip VanderWier
    Urban Space Short List

About 15 years ago I found a 5' long steel cylinder at a junkyard. I often wondered about it's original use. Could it be a cylinder used on a submarine or perhaps used in a top secret experiment? Stamped on the shoulder of the tank is the "working temp" of 650 Degrees Fahrenheit. The tank was certified in 1959, but for what? With walls over 1" thick, what ever was intended to be put in this tank was meant to stay in it until released. Then I found an article titled, "On the Motion of a Heavy Cylinder Over the Surface of an Anisotropic Elastic Solid", published in 1970 by D.L. Clements in the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics. It was now clear to me, I had absolutely no idea what it was. I hung the cylinder from a motor hoist and hit it with a hammer. Oh, the sound, the resonance! "GONGGGGGG". With the determination of a 12 year old boy with a stick and a rock, I was going to invent a way to make that sound again, and again. Vote Code: 52997

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 4.5'
  • Medium: Found objects and repurposed steel
  • Width: 4.5'
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 8'