Thom Yorke of Radiohead succeeded in creating his King Kanute human sculpture on Saturday, with over 2,000 people showing up in Brighton-Hove to band together for a project in which Thom Yorke collaborated with 350.org.
“The plan is to make images visible from the skies to remind those in Cancun that we can't keep putting this off,” he said, talking about the world leaders gathered at the UN Climate Talks in Cancun.
The King Canute event was part of a larger effort, as part of 350 EARTH, a so-called planetary art show about climate. In addition to the King Kanute there was a giant sun in South Africa; a polar bear on an Icelandic glacier; a scarab in the Egyptian desert; an eagle in Los Angeles; and more.
According the 350.org web site, "King Canute set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt, only to be soaked by the ocean’s waves. Just as Canute realized his own hubris, world leaders today must realize the dangers of ignoring climate change and rise to solving the challenge.