The Temple of a Thousand Bells

Temple bells

Glass bells suspended from the ceiling of the Oratory

Laura Belem plaque

Laura Belem plaque

The Oratory is the former chapel of St James’s Cemetery, a now disused burial ground which occupies the rocky hollow on the east side of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. It has recently been transformed by the art installation ‘The Temple of a Thousand Bells’ by Brazilian artist Laura Belém. A strange and hypnotic mix, the installation includes small glass bells suspended from the ceiling of the Oratory with a soundtrack of music, speech and sounds.

From her website:

I see art as a means of transformation, reflection and awareness. I am interested in how artworks can trigger new perceptions of the world and our habitation in this world; how the experience of an artwork can lead to a reinvention of our relations with the surrounding environment and with ourselves.

For more see the artist’s website (well worth a browse).

Laura Belém was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1974, where she still lives and works.

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