Verdin Carillon Completes World-Class Performing Arts Center
47 Cast Bronze Bell Carillon by Verdin
LAS VEGAS – The Smith Center for the Performing Arts welcomed the arrival of its 47 cast bronze carillon bells, which were placed into the 17-story tower this week.
"The Carillon tower will be a civic icon, a place for the community to celebrate and share in jubilation when we open in nine short months,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center.
Martin added that the bell tower will make The Smith Center building a musical instrument thanks to these finely crafted musical bells.
More than 32 individuals, families and businesses in the Southern Nevada area helped contribute to the purchase of the bells. Bell donors met at the site to see their respective bells before they were placed into the tower. The arrival of the bells signifies the completion of the exterior of the 5-acre performing arts campus.
Weighing over 29,500 pounds the Carillon Bells will rival some of the world’s most beautiful bell towers. Verdin, the Ohio-based bell company that supplied The Smith Center’s Carillon bells and supporting structure, has created bells, clocks, memorials and monuments since 1842. Verdin's craftsmanship is displayed in more than 50,000 installations world-wide, including the Smithsonian Institute, Walt Disney World, the University of Notre Dame, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the World Peace Bell and the Mayo Clinic. The Smith Center bells were cast by Verdin in Aarle-Rixtel The Netherlands.