Celebrate the start of London 2012 by ringing All The Bells!
Tuesday 24 July 2012
We’re all very excited about the start of the Olympics here at Warwick Arts Centre, and what better way to herald the arrival of the first day than with a morning chorus of bells?
This Fri 27th of Jul at 8.12am, everyone across the UK is encouraged to ring any bell they can get their hands on and ring them loud and proud for three whole minutes, as part of a piece of performance art commissioned by the London 2012 Festival. This work, entitled: Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes is the brainchild of artist Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed.
Across the country, bells of all sizes and shapes will be rung, from churchbells to handbells, to doorbells and beyond. Big Ben will be taking part, the first time the clock has chimed outside of it’s schedule since the death of King George VI in 1952. Warwick Arts Centre visitors who saw the recent NT Live screening of Frankenstein may also recognise another bell taking part: the bell from the the set of Danny Boyle’s ground-breaking production will be rung on the concourse outside the National Theatre on Friday morning.
Closer to home, the Coventry Transport Museum will be welcoming cyclists who will be ringing their bike bells from 8.12am on Friday.
Check out the All The Bells website and find out more about events near you. But more importantly, just find a bell and get ready to ring it at 8.12am on Friday morning!!