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Radiohead singer Thom Yorke is in Brighton and Hove this coming Saturday, directing 2000 volunteers in a recreation of King Canute’s attempts to command the ocean.

The event, described as a ‘human sculpture’, will see participants dressed in black and used as ‘paint’ to compose the image, which will be based on the cover on Yorke’s 2006 album The Eraser. It’s part of a series of large-scale worldwide projects being organised by 350.org to raise awareness of climate issues, timed to coincide with the build-up to the UN Climate Meetings being held in Mexico next month.

As Yorke explained on the Radiohead website, “The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we’re running out of time. We can’t keep putting this off.”

Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, is confident that such displays can have an effect. “Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet. The world’s best scientists have tried to wake-up politicians to the climate crisis: now we’re counting on artists to help.”

Volunteers for the project, which takes place on Hove Lawns on the 27th November between 11am and 1pm, are asked to sign up at http://earth.350.org/locations/england/.

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