A Smaller Sound, A Bigger Crowd
Friday, July 15, 2011
1:00pm - All Ages
3:00pm - All Ages
7:00pm - All Ages
Canary Wharf, London, UK E14 9SF
'A Smaller Sound, A Bigger Crowd: A Film Installation and Performance by Ian Giles telling the story of The Docklands Bell’
A day of specially-commissioned performances by artist Ian Giles aboard the Floating Cinema, in the heart of Canary Wharf, produced in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency and the Canary Wharf Group.
The Docklands will come to life through film, song and music recounting the fictional tale of the Docklands Bell. The Bell was the largest iron bell ever made and would be rung to announce cargo leaving the docks. As metal was in short supply during the First World War, the Docklands Bell was melted down to provide every cathedral town in England with a set of small hand bells to call people to worship. Large church bells were only rung to inform of invasions. The melting of the Bell meant that a new whole was created with many people holding a small part of a bigger whole; they became connected through sound across the country. Through its wry humour the work sets out the ideas of transformation and unity.
Along the barge route, bell ringers will play on bridges and paths, to bring the story and surroundings to life. Ian Giles will work with award winning folk singer, Sam Lee to write ‘The Ballad of the Docklands Bell’ which will be performed live at the performance.