Over the weekend, volunteers dismantled the Charlestown Bells - the colorful series of bells across the Charles River Damn that once let you ring out across the river but which had fallen into disrepair in recent years. They were taken to a studio in Groton, where, over the summer, they'll be restored to working order. J.J. Gilmartin, who took the photos in this post, explains:
The Bells are an interactive musical sculpture by the artist Paul Matisse. Matisse, who also created the Kendall Band at the MIT T stop and invented something called the karilloscope, is the grandson of Henri Matisse and a really cool 80 year old dude.
The mechanisms that let passers-by play the Bells had been breaking one by one over they years. Only one was in working order when Matisse got a grant from the DCR to fix them.
This past Saturday a group of 9 local volunteers helped Matisse and his assistant load them all up onto a truck. Now the Bells are in Groton, MA, at the artist's studio, for repair. They'll be back to make music again in September. For what it's worth, the octogenarian Matisse came straight from Logan off a red-eye from Seattle (he was visiting family) and worked for four hours with the rest of us.
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