A 70 foot-high new structure will celebrate the global struggle for social and economic justice...
GLASTONBURY’s LEFT FIELD will feature a giant 70 foot-high steel tower and sculpture this year to celebrate the global struggle for social and economic justice.
The monument is being built by trade unions to mark May Day 2004 and was designed by festival owner Michael Eavis and Cornwall-based artists Graham Jobbins and Kurt Jackson.
‘The Left Field Tower’ is currently being built in north Devon by unionised apprentices from the Appledore shipyard.
Eavis said: “I had a call from someone in Barnstable who told me there were 400 or so shipyard workers who were being made redundant and wanted to make something in metal for this years festival.”
He explained: “I came up with the idea of having 12 large figures cut out of steel plate revolving on a big cylinder pulling a rope which should indicate the need for all people around the world to work and pull together.”
Jobbins added: “I want it to be a beacon of hope and a memorial for the working people of this world, and show solidarity in the struggle against poverty and exploitation; as well as a celebration of the spirit, skills and ingenuity of the workers, artists, musicians and performers who all make Glastonbury such a phenomenal festival.”
Other stars including Kings Of Leon, PJ Harvey, Toots & the Maytals, James Brown, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Basement Jaxx, Elbow, The Chemical Brothers, Vines, [/a], [a], [/a], [a], [/a] and [a] are also rumoured to play.
This year’s festival takes place on June 25-27 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, in Somerset.