Will You Ring Your Bell?

Thousands invited to celebrate the Olympics by ringing a bell for three minutes

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At 08:12 on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Everyone across the country is invited to take part.

Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed is a London 2012 Festival commission and will be performed by you.

Click here to see Martin’s vision. Anyone can take part by ringing any bell whatsoever. Everyone who takes part is able to download a free exclusive Martin Creed ringtone. Just click here.

Joinin at 08:12 on 27th July to experience millions of bells ringing out across the country in order to mark this historical moment and to celebrate the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure that you respect your neighbours. PeasJuly 27, 2012ght even want to join in. (Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can damage hearing; please ensure sensible precautions are in place to protect any sensitive ears which might be in close proximity to loud bell ringing.)

Today it has been announced that Big Ben will also ring for the three minute period. The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, said: “It is a sign of how special this summer is when one of the world’s most famous bells will ring outside its regular schedule so it can be part of this London 2012 Festival commission to ring in the Olympic Games. I am delighted we can play our part in this Martin Creed artwork. This is primarily a work for every community within the UK to embrace as their own but it is also important for our famous landmarks to be represented when the eyes of the world will be on us.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has also given his support to All The Bells, saying: “This Friday at 08:12 I wholeheartedly urge people up and down the land to help create a joyous and noisy prelude to what is set to be an historic day. Whether you’ve got a bicycle bell or something much grander, this is an opportunity to mark a once in a lifetime occasion. This is a wonderfully innovative project and I am delighted to support it.”

July 26, 2012