Art@Site Nancy Baker Cahill Liberty Bell Philadelphia

Nancy Baker Cahill


Liberty Bell

Philadelphia Museum of Art
firm and flexible
Liberty Bell starts the journey in the shape of a bell. Once the wind gets a grip on this artwork it’s moving into other forms, it moves like a flock of birds, it let’s it carry away in any direction.
You wouldn't say it, but the clock of Nancy Baker-Cahill has a structure. With effort you will see a stout and tough band. Tied on this band are loose ribbons with different colours. This is good: firm and flexible.
Liberty Bell has two qualities. The robustness ensures that the clock is visible all the time. Flexibility refers to freedom; to the freedom which words need.
By Theo,

stevig en flexibel
Liberty Bell begint de reis in de vorm van een klok. Als de wind eenmaal vat heeft op dit kunstwerk neemt het andere vormen aan, beweegt het zoals een zwerm vogels, laat het zich meevoeren in alle richtingen.
Je zou het niet zeggen, maar de klok van Nancy Baker-Cahill heeft een structuur. Met moeite zie je een stevige en taaie band. Aan deze band zijn losse linten met verschillende kleuren geknoopt. Dit is goed: stevigheid en flexibiliteit.
Liberty Bell heeft twee kwaliteiten: het is stevig en flexibel. De stevigheid zorgt ervoor dat de klok steeds opnieuw zichtbaar is. Bij flexibiliteit denk ik aan vrijheid; vrijheid die woorden nodig hebben.
Door Theo,
Two years in the making, the project lives at the vibrant intersection of public art, social consciousness and tech. Liberty Bell is inspired by the historic Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which most historians believe to be one of many bells that rang on July 8, 1776, a few days following the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The bell became a symbol for abolitionist societies who called it the 'Liberty Bell' in the 1830s. Liberty is inextricably linked to equality, so as a metaphor, the cracked bell mirrors the brokenness of many Americans’ experiences of liberty.
In this polarized and tumultuous election year, many concerns persist around the founding principles of American freedom and democracy. Inequality, racism, injustice, and the ability to vote are chief among them. The Liberty Bell soundscape morphs from the rhythmic lulling of a tolling bell, into a harmonious and dissonant sequence of ringing as it becomes increasingly unpredictable and arrhy Ranging from analog to synthetic, the sounds were compiled from a diverse array of historical moments and locations. The richly textured brushstrokes and bell sounds resemble loosely knitted threads that unravel and come together in an uncomfortable, but cohesive moment. They reflect the evolution and transformation of liberty over time into the complex reality we face today. Baker Cahill chose Independence Day as a launch date to advocate for justice, civil rights and freedom in the U.S.
In DC, Liberty Bell is geo-located over the reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. At this location, the work prompts viewers to consider challenges to our individual rights, while providing an opportunity for thoughtful reconciliation through a shared and democratized public art experience. As Liberty Bell sways above the pool, AR shadows are cast over the water. The image creates a literal and metaphorical reflective experience for viewers as they are invited to question the very concept of liberty.
Nancy Baker Cahill is a multidisciplinary artist and the Founder and Creative Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) public art platform. Through 4th Wall, she initiated Coordinates, an ongoing series of curated & site-specific AR public art exhibitions, including Defining Line in Los Angeles and Battlegrounds in New Orleans. She received an 'Impact Maker to Watch' award at LA City Hall and was named by the LA Times as one of the 2019 Faces of the Year, ARTS. She is one of ten artist scholars in the Berggruen Institute’s inaugural 2020 Transformations of the Human Fellowship.
Augmented-Reality (AR) is impermanent, ephemeral, invisible to the naked eye, and leaves no environmental trace. It is accessible to a broad audience through the ubiquitous use of smartphones and tablets. Community programming will be organized online and in-person when possProgramming will include topical conversations by cultural leaders and community members from all six cities as they relate to current events. Providing a platform for conversation and access to the artwork is a crucial component of this project.