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The Federation Bells

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by Luke Davies (subscribe)
Freelance Writer. Family focused, always exploring, nature connecting and an all round fun loving guy
Published August 27th 2011
Art and Sound in a sculpture? It's not every day that you hear of something like this, and yet Melbourne has been able to perfectly mould the two into one…the name of such a sculpture is The Federation Bells.



On the banks of the Yarra River, adjacent to Federation Square, in Birrarung Marr, stands the eye-catching sculpture of 39 different sized and inverted, church style bells, atop of steel poles, cleverly laid out to allow its guests the opportunity to walk amongst and interact with them.

Federation Bells
The Bells


The Federation Bells were specifically designed and created for the centenary of Australia's federation in 2001. The Federation Bells, along with Birrarung Marr, the inner city parkland by the Yarra River, were officially opened on the 26th of January 2002.

Federation Bells
More of the Fed Bells


After opening, the bells have captured the eyes and ears of visitors from all over the world. World acclaimed organisations, BBC and Lonely Planet have featured the Federation Bells in an article claiming them to be one of the top ten pieces of public art in the world.

Playing different compositions daily at 8-9am, 12:30-1:30pm and 5-6pm. Located within inner city Melbourne, The Federation Bells should be on the agenda of any local and visitor alike. After being there for the playing times, make sure you take some time to look around Birrarung Marr as it is a park land that recognises Australia's Aboriginals by having various sculptures, artwork and interactive displays.

Birrarung Marr
One of the many sculptures


Additionally, whether you're a musical genius or not, The Federation Bells website allows you to compose your own music utilising the bells. Who knows, your composition my even be chosen to be played on the bells themselves for all to hear.

Melbourne Skyline
One of the many views from Birrarung Marr
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Why? Picnic, day out, statues, parks
When: 7 days a week
Where: Birrarung Marr
Cost: Free
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