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A divine entreaty for people's safety and wellness, the Bell of Peace and Safety was created in memory of the 921 Earthquake. Standing on the bustling plaza, the bell rang every hour in prayer, tolling for peace and safety, as well as for protection from any such natural disaster. Designed to resemble two palms closed together, facing each other in prayer, the bell features 108 nipple-like bits, made from yellow-hued glass; the gentle flowing water form a little fountain at the bottom. The joined hands suggest well-wishing and also toleration; it teaches people to tolerate disaster-induced changes while healing the wounds they inflict. Meanwhile, water streaming quietly downward from the bell symbolizes everlasting human vitality. Gentle as it may be, the sound of bell brings peace of mind. The Bell of Peace and Safety is a joint project by architect Kris Yao and glass artist Heinrich Wang. Measuring at 6 meters in length and 5 meters in width, this cast bronze project was funded entirely by the Dharma Drum Mountain Humanities and Social Improvement Foundation. The bell adds a twist to an urban landscape while constantly reminding people of the importance of humility in the face of trying ordeals.
Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da'an Dist., Taipei City, 106
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