The internationally known ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu has often created clay vessels that mysteriously rattle when shaken. In the 1980s, she began making bronze bells to further explore sound as a component in her sculpture.
The Hawaiian-born artist researched Japanese bell designs and learned to thicken the instrument's rim and top, to enhance sound quality. The simple wooden support evokes a Shinto shrine, dedicated to the traditional spirits of the natural world.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed this weekend due to renovations to the turf after a long hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. Enjoy Fall Festival activities at the top of the hill, and be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow along Scarecrow Walk (the Oak Allée). Click here for hours.
Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.