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Native Monster AUGUST 24, 2016 - by Staff Writers
BRIAN ENO'S LATEST CREATION TO BE SHOWCASED IN VILLAGE NEAR WELSHPOOL
He shot to fame with Roxy Music, has worked with the likes of Coldplay and James Blake, and now Brian Eno has used the bells of a church for his latest composition.
Berriew, near Welshpool, will stage the premiere of the piece of music written by Eno to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of sculptor Andrew Logan's museum in the village on Sunday.
The music, which will be played from speakers surreptitiously hidden in hedges and walls, will be accompanied by the bells of St Beuno's, played live by the bellringers next weekend.
Mr Logan and Mr Eno have become firm friends over the years, with the musician a patron of the museum.
The idea for the outdoor musical production grew from planning an anniversary weekend of events in Berriew.
Mr Logan, who has recently sold his London base to move into a house opposite his museum with his partner is excited about the Bank Holiday weekend events and hopes they will attract visitors to the village.
"Patron Brian Eno has created a very special piece of music for this, our twenty-fifth anniversary," he said.
"The recording of the piece will be played through speakers placed around the village with the bellringers joining in from the church.
"A special 'live' performance will take place on the hour every hour from 11am until 6pm."
There will be an art in the pews event in the church on Saturday, while Mr Logan takes his travelling museum to Berriew Show that day with a street party in the village during the evening.
Sunday will see an experimental music workshop in the museum hosted by School of Noise, an afternoon tea and a treasure hunt with the prize a piece of Andrew's jewellery, before the "re-opening" of the museum.
"I love parties and the anniversary seemed a perfect opportunity to celebrate. We will have an official re-opening of the museum," said Mr Logan. His sculptures and ornate jewellery, made at studios on the Mid Wales and Shropshire border are sought after by collectors across the world.
His latest commission was for the new Mumbai airport in India. He is now involved in moving a fifteen-foot-tall field of wheat installation, complete with giant mice, to a national trust property in Devon.
He is perhaps best known for staging the Alternative Miss World contest in the capital.
One of the biggest pieces in the museum is the huge Cosmic Egg, made from glass mosaic, that was created for a parade in London.