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(June 18-22, 2009)

Yoshiyuki Kaneko

The First Day of Summer

Willy Kaemena

Listening to the Time

Bremen, Germany

June 18, 2009, 12 noon

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The thirty Meissen porcelain bells - blue on the outside and gold-plated on the inside - rang out for the first time in May 1934. In unique concert with these chiming bells was a rotating tower in the wall between the Glockenspiel and the Roselius Houses. On this tower were ten carved and painted wooden panels of well-known conquerors of the ocean. The motifs were designed by Bernhard Hoetger at the behest of Ludwig Roselius, who wanted to express once more on Böttcherstrasse the pioneering spirit and boundless energy of mankind.

After partial destruction of the bells during World War II, a second set was made and installed in 1954. These bells were all white. Following a comprehensive restoration in 1991 (which included the wooden panels), a third set of chimes - once again made of 30 Meissen porcelain bells - was restrung between the gables of the two houses ( Text excerpt from House of the Glockenspiel )

Europe / Germany

Lat: 53° 4' 29.71" N
Long: 8° 48' 20.31" E

Elevation: 10

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Nikon D300 with Sigma 8mm 3.5 on combined tripod/monopod set up about 3m high. 5 shots around no nadir or zenith shot. Use of built in flashlight. Photoshop RAW converter PTgui Mac, CubicConverter. Sound recorded with an Apple iPod Touch

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