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In the past, bells were primarily used in tall church towers.  Over time they were cast and set in free-standing campaniles, and were later placed in open public spaces.Today, the PACCARD Bell Foundry continues its tradition of innovation by incorporating bells directly into sculptural works of art that are being installed in town squares, corporate complexes, and other public places.  This blending of music, bells, and sculpture is known as ARS SONORA®.

These sculptures are not just visually appealing; they are actual functioning musical instruments.  Each ARS SONORA® is different, and is designed to enhance its surroundings by eliciting unique moods and images, both from its design, and from its use music. Having an ARS SONORA® in a city is a reassuring and peaceful presence that honors our past, celebrates our present, and inspires our future.

ARS SONORA® is a registered trademark from the PACCARD Bell Foundry.

News of the ARS SONORA concept News lists

Jardins du Luxembourg  Ars Sonora Abbey & Industry : when PACCARD blends daring and talent ! No doubt : at the occasion of the inauguration of the Ars Sonora "Abbey & Industry, Ars Sonora, a concept developed by PACCARD  passed a decisive milestone. This monumental scuplture of 48 bells, unveiled May 22nd 2010 on a beautiful and sunny day, is a marvel of daring innovation and  lightness. A very nice achievement for the PACCARD Bell Foundry and a landmark for the City of Notre-Dame de Bondeville - near Rouen (Normandy) - converted to its innovative concept.
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 Japan – Omoigawa Parking lot – New ARS SONORA® installed April 2006 in the city of Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture. This ARS SONORA® was designed and installed by the PACCARD Group’s Japanese agent, Mr. Ogiri, [ ...more...

 Japan – Doushisya Elementary School –  The famous "University" School near Kyoto now has an ARS SONORA® installed in the courtyard, where college songs, hymns and the local children's songs are played ...more...

 Japan – Hiroshima Women's University – New ARS SONORA for the women's University. In celebration of its 120th anniversary, the Hiroshima Women’s University built a new chapel and [ ...more...

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