Korean Temple Bell

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Korean Temple Bell
Bell at Oregon Convention Center.jpg
The bell in 2011
Korean Temple Bell is located in Portland, Oregon
Korean Temple Bell
Korean Temple Bell
Location in Portland, Oregon
Year1989 (1989)
LocationPortland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates45°31′47″N 122°39′50″W / 45.52984°N 122.66382°W / 45.52984; -122.66382Coordinates: 45°31′47″N 122°39′50″W / 45.52984°N 122.66382°W / 45.52984; -122.66382

Korean Temple Bell, part of the sound installation by composer Robert Coburn called Bell and Wind Environment (along with Bell Circles II),[1] is an outdoor bronze bell by an unknown Korean artist, housed in a brick and granite pagoda outside the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, United States. The temple bell was gifted by the people of Ulsan, South Korea, and dedicated on January 11, 1989. It cost $59,000 and was funded through the Convention Center's One Percent for Art program and by private donors. According to the Smithsonian Institution, some residents raised concerns about the bell's religious symbolism and its placement outside a public building. It was surveyed by the Smithsonian's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in July 1993, though its condition was undetermined.[2]

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  1. ^ "Oregon Convention Center: Art Walking Tour" (PDF). Oregon Convention Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 1, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "(Korean Temple Bell), (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved August 7, 2015.

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