"As a sculptor, I am fascinated by materials and processes, from carving stone to casting iron and bronze. The 'Bells' series gives me the opportunity to combine my interest in things Japanese with my own personal take on how bells are an expression of culture that take dramatically different shapes and forms but share the common Human desire for communication and pleasure."

Carl Billingsley

The 'Bells' series of steel and bronze sculptures reflects my life-long interest in and admiration for Japanese culture. I have always been especially fond of Zen gardens and Temple bells. They seem to me to embody both a reverence for nature and the importance of paying attention to our senses. As a sculptor, I am fascinated by materials and processes, from carving stone to casting iron and bronze. The 'Bells' series gives me the opportunity to combine my interest in things Japanese with my own personal take on how bells are an expression of culture that take dramatically different shapes and forms but share the common Human desire for communication and pleasure. Bells are both musical instruments and a symbols. I like to think that these bell sculptures resonate on both the aural and visual wavelengths through which we all connect with our world.