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Posted: 26 Jun 11, 02:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"..Queen drummer Roger Taylor has been beating a drum of a different kind - one attached to a controversial 15-foot sculpture of a naked man.

The multi-million-selling rock star was back in Truro, Cornwall, where he grew up, to unveil a £95,000 statue, The Drummer.

Designed to symbolise Cornish cultural identity, it caused a furore even before it was unveiled because of its anatomically accurate depiction of a naked male drummer cast in bronze made from tin and copper mined in Cornwall.

It led Mr Taylor to joke: "No anatomical part of it was modelled on me."

A crowd of 3,000, including 100 marching drummers who beat out a rhythm before the 61-year-old rock star unveiled the statue, were in Lemon Quay to see it unveiled and meet the rock legend.

The 61-year-old musician, who splits his time between Cornwall and his other homes, said he was happy to see drummers, notoriously the butt of jokes in the music industry, celebrated at last.

"There is quite a tradition of drumming in Cornwall. But I remember when I was at school here it was frowned on," he said.

"There was no school drum kit and it wasn't encouraged. I was actively discouraged. Since them I have been doing my best to redress the situation."

The 15ft high two-and-half tonne sculpture, which portrays a man standing on a sphere and raising his arm high to beat the drum he is carrying, was created by internationally renowned sculptor Tim Shaw.

The Belfast-born sculptor behind the nine-year project, said: "Cornwall's drum beats differently and it is beaten a lot in this part of the world. It is something I thought could be used as a symbol of the land and the people."

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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/queen-star-unveils-naked-sculpture-200648352.html





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Posted: 26 Jun 11, 13:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What is the anatomical ratio of 15 feet?!


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Posted: 26 Jun 11, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I knew about miles... But still measuring in feet???

21st century here we come...

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Posted: 26 Jun 11, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John S Stuart wrote: What is the anatomical ratio of 15 feet?!

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Well, ah, I don't mean to brag, but I think it depends who's measuring it...

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Posted: 27 Jun 11, 06:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Pics or it didn't happen!


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Posted: 27 Jun 11, 10:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Truro-Drummer-Statue-Wasted-Money/story-12838550-detail/story.html

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Posted: 27 Jun 11, 13:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-13918671

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Posted: 30 Jun 11, 07:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here is a cool video showing the unveiling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdfG2RMrEPs

At the beginning of the video you can see an interview with Roger Brokenshaw who was a member of Roger's pre-Queen band Reaction.

Thanks to Rupert White for sending the link


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Posted: 30 Jun 11, 22:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote