This sound sculpture was commissioned by a Prescott, Arizona, patron.
“Nepenthe” refers to a drug described in Homer’s “Odyssey” that banishes grief or trouble from a person’s mind ….
Click on the thumbnails to see, respectively, the numbers stamped on the recycled gas cylinder being used as the bell – this one hails from 1935 – and the stand being cut out.
Here’s how Nepenthe sounds:
Private collection, Prescott, Arizona. Oxidized steel, 72″ x 35″ x 8″, 2021