Time and Tide Bell, Ringing the Reason


Disputes about global warming between different groups often come down to competing interpretations of data – to building evidence or dismissing it. Intellectual dispute sometimes hides that these are vital questions with very physical implications. Time and Tide Bell by Marcus Vergette is a permanent installation of twelve mechanical bells around the UK, which are rung by the sea at high tide. This simple mechanism will eventually show how the bells’ sound increases along with rising sea levels in the coming years. Their role is not that of “arbitrary sentinels” or of scientific devices to be decoded, then, but of a simple mechanical apparatus that tolls a (dramatic) process. This evidence appeals to our senses, calling for old approaches to reading natural phenomena through sound.


Marcus Vergette – Time and Tide Bell