Bryan County program looking to set world record for largest wind chimes

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 5:50 PM CDT
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It took close to three years to build, but the folks at Seven Ponds in Bryan County just put up a set of wind chimes that's as tall as a five story building.

"We're mesmerized, is the word we use the most," said Dr. Michael Meredith, owner of Seven Ponds.

Dr. Meredith is also a psychiatrist at the addiction treatment facility near Bennington.

Over the years, his goal has been to find new ways to help calm everyone who has needed help from Seven Ponds.

After watching his patients, he noticed where people always seemed to end up on the property.

"Ninety percent of these people or thereabouts, would head for the wind chimed areas. So we decided to go ahead and create the largest wind chime," he said.

After three years of work, the final product was put up on May 8th.

The chimes weigh in at 3,000 pounds and stand at nearly 70 feet high.

"Its actually old, used pipe that was used in oil wells, and we found it, cleaned it up, and started to bend it. It was a slow process," said Meredith.

The current world record for tallest wind chimes is 55 feet high in Casey, Illinois.

Meredith says anyone is welcome to swing by and look, listen, and meditate at this marvel.

"We believe the focus on the human spirit that connects us all and helps us change and grow. I mean look at what we're going through today with this pandemic, its the human spirit that will get us through," said Meredith.

Dr Meredith says a group from the Guinness Book of World Records will come by to check out the structure in the next month.