Brian Eno lights up Sydney Opera House for global warming

Tue May 26, 2009 2:22am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Brian Eno's claims to fame include musician, producer and artist. Now he is hoping his latest work -- an art installation on the Sydney Opera House -- will encourage artists to tackle global warming.

Eno, who describes himself as a "non-musician," is curating Luminous, a new annual festival of music, art installations and talks organized by the Opera House as part of Sydney's music and light festival, Vivid.

As well as playing with other musicians in a series of three concerts, the former Roxy Music keyboard and synthesizer player has designed a lighting display to project onto the sails of the Opera House every evening during the May 26-June 14 festival.

Eno said he hoped the events at Luminous, which include a discussion with environmental legal group Client Earth, would encourage artists to make people think about climate change.

"Artists have become so lazy in articulating their corner," Eno told Reuters in an interview at the Sydney Opera House.

"But artists can create a sense of what is cool and what is not, what is acceptable, exciting, timely... I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming."

Eno, 61, has become renowned for putting forward his views on issues ranging from war to the climate and for experimenting with both art and music.

Over the years he has worked on albums with U2, David Bowie, David Byrne, Talking Heads and Coldplay. His eclectic and frequently ambient electronic music has appeared in films such as "Trainspotting," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Heat."   Continued...

<p>British contemporary artist Brian Eno poses next to the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival in Syndey May 26, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz</p>