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5 - Akard StationAkard Station Bell TowerAkard Station Platform

Tracking time in action

Michael Brown's 15-foot-tall Bell Tower at Akard Station communicates the idea of time as a measurement of movement in keeping with the "City in Motion" theme of the Downtown Transitway Mall. Within the sculptural clock tower, steel balls run one by one down a rollercoaster track at the top of each hour. As they descend, they strike a series of bells. An hourglass is mounted on a central pivot and is flipped over when the balls roll by. At the bottom, a lifting mechanism takes the balls through a set of rails to ready them for the next descent. The motion reflects the frenetic vitality of Downtown Dallas.

Design Artist: Brad Goldberg


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