Children's Bell Tower

There is a unique monument - the Children's Bell Tower at the north end of Bodega Bay. It was inspired by the 1994 shooting in Italy of seven-year-old Nicholas Green of Bodega Bay, and is dedicated to children everywhere. The memorial was conceived and designed by Bruce Hasson, a Bay Area sculptor, who was moved by the decision of Nicholas' parents, Maggie and Reg Green, to donate their son's organs to seven Italians, and by Italy's compassionate response to their decision. The announcement of the bell project captured the imagination of a whole country. Families, schools and churches all over Italy donated bells to be hung on the three towers. One hundred and thirty bells were used - school bells, church bells, ships' bells, mining bells, even cowbells. Some bells had been in families for generations. Others were made especially for this project. The centerpiece was made by the Marinelli foundry, which has been making bells for the papacy for a thousand years. This bell, which was blessed by Pope John Paul II, contains the names of Nicholas and the seven sick people who were given a new chance to live a full life. The memorial is on land adjacent to the Community Center, on the ocean side of Highway 1, about 1-1/2 miles north of the Visitor Center. It is marked on the maps found on this web site.

Reg Green's book about the death of Nicholas and the donations is titled The Nicholas Effect. It is available from bookstores and ebooksellers.

 

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