Not A Tinkle Here
BBC News scrolling headline: "LONDON 2012: Bells are ringing around the country to mark the official start of the Olympic Games". I'm glad to say that where I live in Redbridge there hasn't even been a bicycle bell tinkling. All I can hear are car tyres swishing on a wet road, a sound typical in this area. Even the birds are refusing to twitter. So, not everyone has been silly enough to jump on Martin Creed's bandwagon of dinging their bells. He's being paid for it. Nobody else is. The title of his purported artwork is: All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and as Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes (2012). Catchy title, Martin. How much did Arts Council England pay you for this "art"? The painting of Big Ben (the bell, not the clock tower) is by William T. Kimber, the head moulder responsible for casting the bell at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1858. CLICK for the Foundry's website to learn more about Big Ben.