Good Samaritan Bell Tower Brings Campus To Life
While some community landmarks improve the local landscape with artwork that’s nice to view, Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, in Mt Vernon, Ill., installed a piece that appeals to residents’ eyes and ears. A new entry bell tower on the hospital campus is reminiscent of an old Catholic church bell tower and is filled with approximately 50 bells that play whenever the wind blows.
Good Samaritan worked with BSA LifeStructures (St. Louis) on the concept, which includes original bells designed by Italian artist Paolo Soleri that were a generations-old gift from the hospital’s founding Sisters of St. Francis. Additional sets of large and small bronze Cosanti windbells were provided by donors to fill the tower.
“The original plan was to have bells added by the community over time, but the response was so strong that they ended up filling the bell tower before the building was finished,” says Derek Selke, the project's lead architect at BSA.