Rededicating a timeless treasure

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 4, 2016

BLOOMSBURG—Standing in front of Bloomsburg University’s Andruss Library since its completion in 1989, “Endless Circle,” a bronze bell statue by Toshiko Takaezu will be rededicated Thursday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The bell, located on the southeast corner of BU’s Academic Quadrangle, recently was fitted with a new gate and hanger.

Celebrating a key element of BU’s permanent art collection, the ceremony will begin with a symbolic ringing of the bell, followed by opening remarks by James Brown, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Karl Beamer, emeritus professor of art, will deliver the keynote address. Beamer had a deep friendship with Takaezu and was directly involved in the yearlong construction and casting of the bell on campus. The statue was the first known bell of its type in the United States. Beamer will be continuing his address at Andruss Library, third floor, where other Takaezu works are located.

Long a predominant presence at Bloomsburg University, the bronze bell by Toshiko Takaezu is receiving a new “gate” and hanger on its permanent location on the Quad.

Beamer, as well as having a deep friendship with the artist, was instrumental in the construction and casting of the bell here on campus. It was a long and arduous process, taking a year, and had not been attempted before. It was completed in 1989 and It is the first known bell of its type in the United States. It is a treasured part of University history. BU also holds an extensive collection of Takaezus’ ceramic works.

Beamer will be continuing his address at Andruss Library, third floor, where the remainder of the collection is located. There will be light refreshments, and the event will be well worth your time to help celebrate this important public art fixture in a new, revitalized setting. Contributions for this project made by: Thomas J.’65 and Cecelia ’66 Toth, The Bloomsburg University Foundation Inc, College of Liberal Arts, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Art and Art History, Andruss Library, The Carpentry and Grounds Keeping Crews.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.