Art & Design: Bow Bells at CREATE 2011 festival

Artist/architect Colin Priest from Studio Columba has created a poignant art piece around the theme of bicycles to be installed at various points surrounding Bow Church in East London, this summer.

As part of CREATE 2011 festival (see our recent Folly for a Flyover blogpost), the temporary artwork will comprise 100 bicycle bells personally collected or donated by members of the community, and will be mounted in clusters and solitary under bridges and along the canal side of the infamous Bow Church.

Funded by Arts Council England Priest has selected the site to publicly highlight an area that members of the community may have thought closed-off for Olympic 2012 improvement works.

Viewtube, the cultural community hub located near the Olympic Park, will provide a downloadable pocket navigation map via its website so that cyclists and walkers can follow the route and ring the bells “awakening this mostly quiet route with ringing and laughter,” notes Priest.

The Bow Bells art piece will be on show from June 25th until July 25th, 2011, then taken down and ridden over to St Mary-le-Bow to celebrate its 700th anniversary.

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