The giant Anzac Bell, a 6.5 tonne bell to be installed into the Perth Bell Tower to mark the centenary of Anzac, is slowly becoming a reality with VEEM currently completing the 3-dimensional modelling of the ‘Frieze’ graphics that will be featured on the face of the bell.
The bell, which is expected to be cast from copper and tin, is to be funded by a Lotterywest grant and investment from a local WA businessman. Culture and Arts Minister, John Day, said that the Anzac Bell will be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere once completed and would be a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac centenary.
The bell is the first of its sort to be cast in Australia and is expected to last over 500 years.
The Perth Bell Tower is currently home to 17 bells which are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and 5 bells from the London diocese of the Church of England. These bells were gifted to Western Australia as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations in 1988.
VEEM expects the project to be completed later this year.