Waterloo Bell

The Waterloo Bell: Homage to Kepler

by Royden Rabinowitch, Copyright 2008

World renowned sculptor, Royden Rabinowitch commissioned Double R Steel to build this 6,750 lb. "bell" for the City of Waterloo.

The bell, installed at the Civic Square in downtown Waterloo, ON is a tribute to the industrial history of Waterloo Region, its founders and its work ethic.

The completed bell reflects the craftsmanship of the people at Double R Steel. After 30 days of cutting, rolling, fitting and welding, even the artist was impressed.

(exerpt from from City of Waterloo...)

Just some of the Science

The Waterloo Bell is the artist's tribute to:

  • the people and to the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo region. It is a tribute to what they have been, are and will be.
  • the agricultural, faith and academic communities, individually and more importantly, collectively;
    the apparently effortless way that these individuals and communities are embracing/valuing the creative juxtaposition of the ordinary and the abstract, faith and knowledge.
  • Waterloo's ability to take these for granted and to use them to make individuals and the community stronger; whereas, individuals and communities world wide have buckled under the stresses and tensions this juxtaposition has caused.

The Artist considers his work

The Waterloo Bell is asymmetrical. Like humans or communities in motion, the top (head), middle (body), bottom (legs) of the Bell are slightly out of balance as they accommodate something new and try to find a new balance and movement forward.

Humans have used bells to gather civic or faith communities to celebrate, inform and debate, or for sounding alarm, all of them involving movement and personal and social re-balancing.

The Waterloo Bell is manufactured of corten steel and the parts refer to the shapes of barrel staves and hoops. Clearly barrels are domestic, agricultural, industrial, and commercial Waterloo artefacts. It not only references the physical importance of barrels to Waterloo but also draws on and recognises the essential historical role that barrels played in realising that faith and analysis could and should co-exist.

(photographs copyright 2008 Ian Mccallum, agent for Mr. Rabinowitch)