Church bells, bicycle bells, handbells, ship’s bells, and even mobile phones will sound across Britain in a “cacophonous, amazing sound” to mark the start of the Olympics, according to artist Martin Creed.
The 43-year-old Turner Prize winner was commissioned to create his “Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes” as part of the UK government’s Cultural Olympiad, encouraging people to take in some culture along with the London 2012 Games.
And in the case of “All the Bells”, said Creed, everyone can even take part. All people need to do is ring any kind of bell for three minutes starting at 8:12am (0712 GMT) on July 27, exactly 12 hours before the start of the opening ceremony pre-show.
If the mobile phone is their chosen instrument, they can download a special ringtone from the project website, where participants can upload recordings of their bell-ringing afterwards.