The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon at Indiana University was held on April 4th. The design for the new Grand Carillon seeks to establish a symbol of the University’s bicentennial, a new focal point on campus and place of gathering. 65 bells weighing 88,000 pounds will be supported by 6 limestone and steel piers. Horizontal steel rings will visually and structurally unify the tower. “Large audiences will once again be able to enjoy regular concerts and recitals by faculty and students from IU’s renowned Jacobs School of Music on this magnificent instrument” IU President Michael McRobbie said. “In addition, the Jacobs School and the Bloomington campus will revive the tradition of inviting distinguished carillonneurs from around the world to perform on the instrument.”
Follow the construction progress here.