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[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Richard Scott Hill Mentioned in Wikipedia

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January 7, 2008
Richard Scott Hill Is Mentioned in Wikipedia
     By now the word has gotten out about the great accomplishments of Rcihard Scott Hill both as an art educator at East Coweta High School and the plaudits he has received for his paintings, sculpture, and photography.  One important accomplishment by Hill which is often overlooked is his design of the Kessler Campanile which graces the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Here is what Wikipedia says about this great art work:

Kessler Campanile

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The Kessler Campanile illuminated at night.
The Kessler Campanile illuminated at night.
Perspective photograph of the Kessler Campanile.
Perspective photograph of the Kessler Campanile.
The Kessler Campanile is an 80-foot tall campanile located at the Georgia Institute of Technology.[1] Designed by artist Richard Hill,[2] it was originally constructed for the 1996 Olympic Games.[3] It is named after Richard Kessler, Tech graduate and former head of Days Inns. It is frequently referred to as "The Campanile" or "The Shaft" (a sometimes tongue-in-cheek reference to student opinion on the school's pedagogical methodology).



[edit] Location

The Kessler Campanile is located near the center of Georgia Tech's campus, in front of its student center and directly down a broad walkway from the recently-styled "Hill District," the campus' historical center. The campanile is surrounded by a 300-seat amphitheater, a gathering place for the Georgia Tech community. It is visible from many areas of central campus.

[edit] Design

The eighty foot tall[4] campanile has the rough appearance of a twisted obelisk, tapering towards the top and capped with a pyramidal piece. It is constructed of 244 stainless steel plates, with each rotated slightly to produce the swirling pattern as height increases.[5] The distinctive peaks intentionally recall the design of Tech Tower, the school's traditional symbol and oldest building. Following its completion, the structure's peak design was incorporated into the university's branding as a new symbol for the school.

[edit] Music

The campanile is able to play several songs, including Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech, the university's fight song through specially designed speakers that reproduce the carillon "chime" sound of bells.[6] After its erection the campanile regularly played music, but it was later silenced in response to student feedback.[citation needed] At times, it has played the Westminster Quarters to mark the passing of time.
As of Fall 2007, the campanile has once again resumed playing the Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech around 10 minutes before the top each hour during the day.[citation needed]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  2. ^ Coffee, Hoyt. "Technology and Tradition", Tech Topics, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Spring 1996. Retrieved on 2007-06-05. 
  3. ^ Georgia House of Representatives resolution. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  4. ^ Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  5. ^ ASSI: Georgia Tech Kessler Campanile. Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  6. ^ Boutwell, Josh. "Spotlight on the Campanile: For whom does the bell toll?", The Technique, 2001-08-24. Retrieved on 2007-02-17. 

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