Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed, executed a live sound piece on 27 July 2012 at 8:12 BST- Watch Video
The piece titled, “Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes” synchronized a three minutes performance throughout the UK to celebrate the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is all part of the London 2012 Festival, and will welcome the 205 nations to the UK.
The work was previewed at Christ Church Spitalfields, East London, Throughout history bells have traditionally been rung to mark special moments in time. For example, the Romans used bells to announce special celebrations and processions, bells were rung across the UK to mark the end of World War II and, in the past, the bell at the Tower of London was rung as an alarm to warn of attack.
This London 2012 Festival commission was designed to give people across the UK the opportunity to be part of a work by a Turner Prize-winning artist and thousands of people were involved to make this happen.