Steel orchestra plays songs about clay

In yet more “so weird you couldn’t make it up” news, Daniel Merrill and Nathaniel Mann of Dead Rat Orchestra have composed a piece of music “celebrating the world’s clays” (don’t ask, because we can’t enlighten you), which will be performed this weekend by the 34-piece Melodians Steel Orchestra, to accompany the construction of a giant sculpture made out of five tons of clay. Yes.

If you don’t believe me, go along and find out for yourself. Members of the public age 6 and over are invited to participate in the creation of a gigantic clay tribute to the ever-changing city of London, perhaps by moulding an exodus of low paid workers, forced out of the city by unaffordable housing.

This event is organised by the Clayground Collective and it takes place from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, in Granary Square, Kings Cross, London (outside the Central Saint Martins building).

Update:: If you are intrigued to hear the music of Dead Rat Orchestra performed by a steel orchestra, have a look at this excellent short film by Luke Glover, capturing the event.