1,000 volunteers needed for London s giant domino rally

Bank of America Create Art Award - Dominoes

People in Hackney who love art or like getting involved in unusual events, who love London or simply want to see a fantastic one-off spectacle, are needed to help out on a unique art project this summer. As joint winner of the Bank of America Create Art Award, performance company Station House Opera are seeking 1,000 volunteers to build their giant 10 mile domino rally across East and South East London on 26 July.

Station House Opera’s project Dominoes will be a key highlight of the CREATE09 arts festival taking place this Summer from 22 June to 2 August. Dominoes comprises thousands of breeze blocks set up like a row of dominoes running through all five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A starting ceremony will see the first block being pushed over, setting in motion a toppling of blocks that will take several hours to complete, resulting in a grand finale in the evening.

On streets, through parks and even on water, occasionally disappearing and then resurfacing, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances, the domino line will wend its way southwards from Waltham Forest, through Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Eventually the line will cross the Thames, concluding at dusk in the grand setting of the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The dominoes link the five host boroughs and the people who live in them. People living nearby who want to get involved, or anyone from across London wanting to participate in something unique, can find out more at

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks on behalf of the five host boroughs for cultural projects.

He said: “Art and culture thrives in the neighbourhoods across the Five Host Boroughs and I’m delighted the CREATE Art Award will give residents and local groups the opportunity to get involved in creating a celebration of the arts for London’s Cultural Olympiad in the run up to 2012, leaving a rich legacy for the arts in our communities.”

The Bank of America Create Art Award was established to encourage artists living and working in the five host boroughs to create a temporary or permanent artwork that engages and enriches the lives of the people living around them.

The second joint winner of the 2009 award is Joshua Sofaer and his project Rooted in the Earth. Together, these artists’ winning entries are the first major artworks to be commissioned that engage those people living closest to the 2012 Games site.

As the first of a series of annual commissions, the Bank of America Create Art Award is a significant part of CREATE. CREATE09 is the annual, multi–disciplinary arts festival hosted by the five host boroughs and delivered in partnership will key producers, organisations and festivals. These include the Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford, Whitechapel Gallery and The O2.