Friday is market day in my home town of Stamford, Lincolnshire. And yesterday, when I woke up, I was preparing to mark time, waiting for the working week to end and for the London2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony to kick off in the evening.
Suddenly, listening to the morning radio, I heard that a national Cultural Olympiad event was about to start.
All the Bells (work number 1197) was a brilliantly simple idea, designed and created by the artist and musician, Martin Creed.
Question: How do you create a work of art that is (a) truly national and in which (b) everybody can take part, regardless of ability or talent?
Answer: Get everyone to ring a bell, madly, for 3 minutes, all at the same time, across the nation. And it doesn’t matter what sort of bell – church bells, bicycle bells, school bells, door bells, etc. You can even download a free app that makes a bell sound when you shake your phone.
Isn’t that a brilliant idea? And why hadn’t I heard of it before? And had Stamford planned anything? Continue reading “Ringing in the Olympics”