University Main Hall (large)


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The University of Montana’s Main Hall is a local landmark, as it is the oldest building on the University’s campus. It was designed by the well-known Missoula architect A.J. Gibson in the Richardsonian-Romanesque style and opened in 1899. Still in use to this day, the building represents the exceptional higher research and learning that the Montana University System provides.

High in the belfry, the school’s carillon of 47 bells endures deep winter freezes and summer’s heat. The music that pours from the tower caters to the seasons and, from time to time, gives a nod to popular culture.

The carillon weighs more than 10 tons, and was cast by Vanbergen Auxiliary Mechanisms. The bells were installed in 1953 when the Korean War came to an end. Each inscribed with their own dedication, the bells remember those who served and sacrificed in America’s wars. It remains one of the only traditional carillons in the Pacific Northwest.

This piece was designed to honor this wonderful historic building, and is built out of six laser-cut and etched panels of Luan wood. Frames are then added to the pieces, which are generally made either from donation wood or reclaimed wood. This piece is available in two general sizes; a smaller version roughly 8″x10″ and a larger version that is roughly 14″x19″. Each piece is laser-etched with the name of the piece and the artist’s name on the back.

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Alder, Black Walnut, Cherry, Teak, White Oak


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