World Peace Bell
|Location||Nara Peace Park, Lennox Gardens, Canberra|
|Installation Date||January 2018|
|Product||Millboard Decking - Composite Decking Solution in Weathered Carbonised Embered, Weathered Driftwood, Bullnose Edge Driftwood|
On the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, a new monument stands as a gift of peace to Australia and the World. The Canberra Rotary Peace Bell is the twenty-third of its kind, cast from medals and coins from around the world. The 365-kilogram bell was provided by the World Peace Bell Association, a Japanese-based organisation that promotes peace.
The challenge for the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin was to raise community support and funds to construct a complementary pavilion. Architect Lauren Kasparek’s design met the brief, combining practicality and meaningful symbolism. She explained that the design draws on the metaphor of a Japanese fan, a traditional gift. Fellow architect Frank Kasparek described the structural approach: “We’ve used Corten roofing, galvanised steel with Urbanline’s Millboard Decking. It’s a nice contrast between the softness of the composite decking with the harshness and longevity of the steel. We expect this structure to be there for hundreds of years as a wonderful monument to peace…it’s one of our most exciting projects.”
To match the anticipated longevity of the pavilion, choice of construction materials was a key decision. Fred Kasparek explains: “I’ve been using Urbanline products for about seven years because of their low maintenance, lifelike qualities and because they keep looking good.” Fred selected from Urbanline’s composite decking range for the convincing timber aesthetic combined with long-lasting durability and low maintenance. It’s the unique blend of natural minerals bonded with a polymer resin that produces a finished product that requires no oiling, painting or coating. In the case of the Peace Bell, weathered driftwood and carbonised embered finishes were selected to complement the timeless beauty of the bell, while blending in with the surrounding Japanese-inspired garden.
The Peace Bell will be rung for special events, including World Peace Day on the third Tuesday in September each
year. The final word goes to Urbanline Architectural’s Brenden Parker: “We’re honoured to be part of this project, to give back something lasting for the community to enjoy.”