Eno bows sound ‘Bells’ in China

Installment is part of 'Sound in the City' program

Musician and producer Brian Eno unveiled a sound installation in Beijing Friday, his first in China and the second in a series sponsored by the U.K.’s British Council.

“The Ritan Bells,” named for the park where the installation is placed, features 16 speakers and music players synthesizing the hypothetical sound of the Tsar Bell, the world’s largest, cast in the 17th century but cracked during casting.

Part of the British Council’s “Sound in the City” program, which features work in public spaces around the Chinese capital, Eno received inspiration during a March visit from the city’s senior citizens.

“The place I liked best was one of the parks … because I enjoyed seeing what the old people were doing,” said the Roxy Music founding member. “It was very beautiful, very moving because where I come from, we don’t have much respect for older people,” Eno said at the installation’s launch.

The park once was an altar for sacrifices by China’s emperors to the sun god.

The bells will ring at Ritan Park until Nov. 13.

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