Ireland's Largest Bell celebrates Columbanus

The new public sculpture project for Bangor Fluctus Angelorum was officially unveiled with a beautiful ceremony on Monday evening. A service of dedication was held in Bangor Abbey by Rev. Ronnie Nesbitt and representatives of other denominations, opened by Bangor Women's Choir. Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council Debroah Girvan officially launched the work after a short procession to the sculpture, followed by speeches and refreshments in the hall. The bell celebrates the achievements of Columbanus who left Bangor Abbey in the 6th century to  bring Celtic Christianity to France and Northern Italy. No traces are left of his monastery and the bell sculpture marks the location of what would have been one of the most important abbeys in Ireland in its time.

The 3.8m high bronze bell-shaped work Fluctus Angelorum (The Wave of Angels) was installed on its 1m high stone base on Thursday after its long journey from West Cork. Six 1.8m high satellite pieces will soon be installed to complement the large main feature.

More images on the Bangor Bell page

The sculpture from Abbey Road

The 17th century spire of Bangor Abbey in the background

A wave detail at night

The installed bell at night

Bell and spire by night

Internal lighting in the wave crests