All The Bells is a 2006 and 2012 artwork by Martin Creed.

Original work

The work was originally given in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2006, where it attracted little favourable attention.[1] Its rubric was: All of the bells in a city or town rung as quickly and loudly as possible for three minutes (or in Spanish, Todas las campanas en una ciudad o pueblo sonando tan rápido y duro como sea posible por tres minutos). The work was a collaboration between the Candela Art & Music Festival, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Galeríía Comercial, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Mima and César Reyes and SunCom.[2]

London 2012

The piece, under the title Work No. 1197: All The Bells, with the revised rubric, All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes, was subsequently re-commissioned, for a sum rumoured to be between thirty-five and fifty thousand pounds, and advertised as being a new work, by the London 2012 Festival.[3] The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers declined to participate.[4] The Council's President, Kate Flavell, criticised both the timing and content of the piece in her official blog.[5]


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  3. ^ "Intro – Martin Creed". Archived from the original on 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
  4. ^ "BBC News". 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  5. ^ "The CCCBR President's Blog". 2011-10-19. Archived from the original on 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2012-12-04.