Why did Thom Yorke go and stand in a field in Brighton in an attempt to depict the 11th century Viking King Canute at the weekend? The answer: It was part of a climate campaign organized by the 350 Earth group, which was designed to send a warning to politicians attending the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun in Mexico later today (Nov. 29).
Yorke had enlisted volunteers for the project via Radiohead’s Dead Air Space site, and the band’s artwork guru Stanley Donwood helped design the formation that all the volunteers stood in to form a picture of Canute. Naturally, someone has already set highlights of the event to a Radiohead song and uploaded it to YouTube, which you can view above.
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