All the Bells, St George's Market

Lawrence Street Workshops artist Martin Carter is joined by stall holders to ring in the London 2012 Olympic Games

They rang out in towns and cities across the UK – at Big Ben in central London, on the HMS Ocean in Greenwich, at St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry~Londonderry and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow – bells of all shapes and sizes to herald the opening day of London 2012 Olympic Games.

For many, Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed’s ‘Work No. 1197: All the Bells… ‘ was an uplifting collective experience, to be shared with fellow school pupils, friends, family members and workmates.

Fresh-faced and excited by Team GB’s Olympic prospects, people from all backgrounds participated in what Creed had described as ‘a once in a lifetime’ performance, and ‘a piece of music for a special occasion’.

The nation-wide performance art piece began at 8:12am on the dot and continued for ten minutes. A dedicated website, which provided users with a free 'shake and play' ringtone, had been set up beforehand for people to register to take part.

In Belfast, stall holders at St George’s Market joined artist Martin Carter, of the Lawrence Street Workshops, to ring in the Games with a smile and a cheer. Carter was commissioned to create a new bell for the occasion, and reworked a compressed air tank that had been taking up space in his workshop ‘for about 25 years’.

The performance was short and sweet, and was added to by several members of the public who joined in with ringtones of their own.

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