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- pinkfloydfan1 - 04-17-2006 09:48 AM
Just letting all you good people know that our now famous group, Astral Piper - THE NEW SYD BARRETT APPRECIATION SOCIETY, recently sent an e-mail into Cambridge City Council to get things underway for a massive project set to position a new Syd Barrett Tribute Monument of sorts within Cambridgeshire Parklands. We received an e-mail back from the Council, saying the project has been submitted to planning within the Cambridge City Council Chambers, and that they will be in contact soon regarding the project. Very exciting for us all folks. I am also currently making every effort to contact Syd's family regarding the project, to get their approval. We are confident they will be fine with it, because it will give fans somewhere to visit in Cambridge, instead of bothering him at his home. I should point out also, that here within Astral Piper, we actively discourage fans from visiting Syd, and anybody who does so will be frowned upon.
I will reguarly add to this page to update you all along the way of our exciting venture.
I have some rough plans for the Monument below, but welcome any interest, or Design ideas which any of you may have that could contribute to something rather special and timeless for Mr. Barrett.
I already have three good people who are Members of Astral Piper living in the Cambridgeshire area. I will approach this project through all the correct channels in order to get this project off the ground and hopefully make it a success. As with all projects like this, they are expensive, so we need to raise funds to tackle one of the Design ideas to immortalise Syd in the form of a sculpture, set to be enshrined onto a piece of Cambridge land somewhere, still to be secured and decided.
I have started the ball rolling with getting some T-shirts printed at my own cost. I'm hoping as time ticks by, and we get more and more new members in our Astral Piper Society, that members will buy a T-Shirt to get involved with this. I will be using the profits to fund this new project, so it will be money well spent! And remember members, visiting this New Tribute Monument in Cambridge one day, we can all gaze upon it one by one and think, we all contributed towards that. It truly will be a timeless project for future generations to wonder upon.
Tribute CD - I have also received a few tribute songs from members in the USA and another in the UK, written about Syd. I thought if we got enough of you talented musicians out there to write a Syd Barrett tribute song, we could compile a 14 track CD, to sell for fund-raising on the project also. So send them in folks. Contact me if you have a song to contribute. This is a call to musicians who have shown a clear interest in Syd Barrett over the years, such as Robyn Hitchcock, Graham Coxon and/or perhaps Michael Stipe from REM to perhaps contact me if they are interested in recording a new track for the CD. Tribute songs I guess are preferred over cover versions. Also any other ideas are always welcome.
I will refer to this Project as a The Syd Barrett Tribute Monument from now on, as one member seriously questioned the name of a memorial being more a name for something reserved for the dead, and Syd is far from that! To be totally accurate the dictionary defines the word memorial as: Serving to preserve memory; of or involving memory; something serving as a remembrance. But just to keep everyone happy, we will now refer to it as a Tribute Monument.
Below are a couple of rough Design ideas I have drafted for the Tribute Monument.They are by no means the final design, but offer a bit of an idea of what we can achieve. Obviously cost is a huge factor, and depending on how much we raise, will decide on the final design. I envisage this project taking at least 18 months, possibly longer, so we are here for the long haul all you good people, and hopefully we can all get this happening.
I welcome any input, so please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are two of my early Design Ideas for the Sculpture...
(ABOVE) This is clearly the most expensive of my design ideas. It would stand 12 feet tall, be made of 4 curved metal legs, joined to a large metal disc, containing a smaller metal cut-template of Syd's face. So when we visit it and look up we see the sunlight streaming in though Syd's image. We would attach a small Brass plaque with a few words or quotes, and a mention of our new Appreciation Society. Some symbols having significance to Syd's music could be cut into the metal also. We need to sell a lot of T-Shirts for this big baby.
(ABOVE) Clearly if we get 18 months into the project, and have gained permission from Cambridge Officials to erect a Memorial, but have limited funds, then maybe we can opt for a smaller less expensive design, like the one shown. It could perhaps be made from coloured metal discs (featuring Syd's famous turquoise and orange floorboard colours), with a smaller disc containing an image of Syd, with relevant text stamped into the metal for the memorial.
T-Shirts are NOW on sale. They are available in a variety of sizes, plus two different designs. One for the Syd appreciative ladies, and one for the gentlemen. I will keep you up to date with how the funds are going every few weeks. See the shirt designs and details of how to purchase and help this great project below...
These T-shirts are now available in a MENS and LADIES style in loads of different sizes on Ebay. Simply type in the words ASTRAL PIPER to your search on http://www.ebay.com
Please please please, check your exact size and let me know upon payment.
Or you can also buy direct from the PAYPAL (and check exact sizes in centimetres) on the link found on this dedicated Astral T-shirt page:
Any other fund-raising ideas, designs for the sculpture, input for this exciting project or enquiries, please e-mail me at email@example.com
- Rogerwaterhasgonemad - 04-17-2006 02:36 PM
damn he didnt build a wall or make someone tear it down nor end the cold war. no offense but he doesnt deserve all this for couple of albums which didnt even sell very high why not someone else who saved children in a fire or something get this
- Mike Bull - 04-18-2006 03:13 AM
This kind of thing is also very odd for someone that is still alive, too.
- roobarb - 04-18-2006 07:05 AM
This is all very odd, what is he going to think if and when he sees his own memorial :(
Sorry I don't think this is a very good idea at all.
- Free Games for May - 04-18-2006 08:02 AM
I think that this is a very good idea, Syd may have only recorded 1 album with PF but without him they wouldn't be as succesful as they became. If Syd had never been with the band, WYWH wouldn't have been written and parts of other albums such as DSOTM and the Wall were inspired by Syd so they wouldn't have happened. The band owe alot to Syd and he has also been an inspiration to many others.
Pinkfloydfan1, have any of the members of PF been contacted about this, they might support your ideas and maybe even offer a donation towards it.
Perhaps you could have some information about Syd on the sculpture and perhaps a way of playing a select few syd tracks. It could get more fans and more people to appreciate what Syd did in such a short time.
- pinkfloydfan1 - 04-18-2006 10:44 AM
im just part of the asociation it isnt my ideas i propsedthe barret sculpture and this is what came back the t-shirts were my idea ive contacted roger no reply yet
- roobarb - 04-18-2006 11:35 AM
I don't have a problem with the t-shirts as 'Syd' is less likely to see them.
However he often strolls or cycles around Cambridge so it's highly probable he would see the memorial (should it ever happen) I can't imagine what he would think about it.
By the way there is a Diana memorial sculpture in Cambridge which has now become a meeting place for the local unsavouries, I fear the same thing may happen to Syd's :(
- upthekhyber - 04-18-2006 12:11 PM
I'm sure the intentions surrounding this project are very good, but I must say, I'm not too keen on the idea of a memorial sculpture either. The shirts are nice, but surely those sorts of things are only erected once a person has, God forbid, died? I'd be very unnerved to be walking around my town and suddenly come across my own memorial. And anyway, Roger and the rest of the Pink Floyd have mentioned in interviews that Syd gets very upset when he comes across them personally or anything that reminds him of his days with the band. To erect a sculpture in the place where Syd lives, honouring the very time period in his life that upsets him so...I don't know, it just doesn't seem like a good idea.
- Rogerwaterhasgonemad - 04-19-2006 08:24 PM
still he didnt really didnt do anything special
- grimp - 04-20-2006 10:02 AM
not a bad idea. Kinda strange since he isn't dead as someone mentioned earlier, but...I have to agree with the idea of visiting a site instead of disturbing Syd. I say, as long as it leaves Syd completely out of this and it causes people to leav him alone more, then that's great. once i get my paycheck, though, i have to buy me a shirt.
- ImTheFloor - 04-20-2006 01:08 PM
That first memorial is probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
- etphonehomeyo - 04-20-2006 01:15 PM
i'm sick and tired of that fan club because i joined about a year ago and the person was all "yeah i'm going to tell this story about syd and the bench as soon as i get some time." well, guess what, it's a year later and he's still saying that. i got sick of checking back for it. there's no way that guy has been too busy to write down what happened for over a freakin' year.
- pinkfloydfan1 - 04-21-2006 03:42 AM
etphonehomeyo Wrote:i'm sick and tired of that fan club because i joined about a year ago and the person was all "yeah i'm going to tell this story about syd and the bench as soon as i get some time." well, guess what, it's a year later and he's still saying that. i got sick of checking back for it. there's no way that guy has been too busy to write down what happened for over a freakin' year.na there was alot of issues regarding planning permision he is still working on it
- etphonehomeyo - 04-22-2006 10:35 AM
pinkfloydfan1 Wrote:i'm not talking about the sculpture, i'm talking about a bench they put up over a year agoetphonehomeyo Wrote:i'm sick and tired of that fan club because i joined about a year ago and the person was all "yeah i'm going to tell this story about syd and the bench as soon as i get some time." well, guess what, it's a year later and he's still saying that. i got sick of checking back for it. there's no way that guy has been too busy to write down what happened for over a freakin' year.na there was alot of issues regarding planning permision he is still working on it
- grimp - 04-23-2006 06:32 AM
Rogerwaterhasgonemad Wrote:damn he didnt build a wall or make someone tear it down nor end the cold war. no offense but he doesnt deserve all this for couple of albums which didnt even sell very high why not someone else who saved children in a fire or something get thisRoger Waters didn't do that either. He instead let a bunch of annoying crap people sing the Wall live and do bad choreography of the live show, thus ruining it completely. It's great that he raised money and all, but a lot of people do.
Also, you may not like Syd, but to some of us, he's a massive icon. A "God" among men, so to speak. He's very important to a lot of people, and what doesn't matter is how much he recorded, but what was recorded.
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- Grguitarfreek100 - 05-23-2006 11:30 AM
Rogerwaterhasgonemad Wrote:damn he didnt build a wall or make someone tear it down nor end the cold war. no offense but he doesnt deserve all this for couple of albums which didnt even sell very high why not someone else who saved children in a fire or something get thisi agree, syds nice, and i like his solowork, but hes just a musician, and not a super good one either. there are better people to dedicate a memorial to.
- Pinks Pig - 05-23-2006 12:42 PM
Maybe you could ask Dave for the sculpture they used of Syd on the High Hopes video.
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- Free Games for May - 07-13-2006 12:12 PM
Does anyone else think that this is possibly one of the best things that the community of Pink Floyd fans could do as a tribute to Syd.
Reading through the responses from when this was first posted on the site show a general liking of the idea although many believed that it would be wrong as Syd might see it. But now that the very sad news of Syd's death has reached us and affected many of us, don't you think that it is time that Syd's achievements and inspiration is put out into the public eye?
I really think that the first sculpture would be a brilliant tribute but of course there is always the isssue of funding these sorts of projects, so wouldn't it be a good idea if everyone could donate some money into this however much as you can, however little it may be.
- Metabog - 08-08-2006 12:40 PM
Now that you've noticed how many people have surprisngly acknowledged Syd's influence, you have to agree that he deserves this memorial.
- Wings on the Pig - 08-09-2006 01:58 AM
Yeah. When Syd was alive I thought it was an awful idea. But now he has passed away this would be an excellent sendoff to a true genius.
- mcalldp - 08-10-2006 07:01 AM
Agreed, the first one seems like a tasteful idea. How much would that one cost? How long would it take to build once the money was raised? How would you make the completion available for contributers to enjoy if they are not locaal to the area (Pictures online etc..)
giving info on those three questions would probably get you some interested in donating. I think that people that donate want to be assured that the money will be used in a good way and details about the project would help assure this.
I mean, a few people that can give $100 each would raise the money much faster than T-shirt sales alone.
I would be interested in donating if this seems a solid project, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you want to discuss figures in private.
- Kimball - 08-13-2006 10:53 PM
I also agree that this is a good idea now that Syd has passed
on. If I were to be assured that the money would be used soley for this project I'd be willing to give a good amount (probably some where between 100$ and 500$, maybe a thousand) to see this sculpture rise up. He deserves something truly truly great, beyond something simple, the first design is the perfect size and magnitude to show respect for such a great man.
When people walk by this sculpture they should not simply think to themselves "theres a nice piece of artwork, good sculpture", what they should think to themselves is "o wow!, what a unique object, wonder what it could possibly represent", some would recognize the name and say to themselves "I remember Syd, this suits him perfectly" while the ones who don't know who he was would say "he must have been quite an interesting person to deserve such a unique monument".
Although I cant say I agree with putting the Astral Piper name so big on the monument, it would put off other Syd fans (me included) and makes them seem almost pretentious. Why does there need to be any names at all? Why does credit have to be given to somebody? If I give money, I don't want my name out there, and I would expect others not to desicrate the monument with their names either. I want him to have a monument because I admire and appreciate everything he has done for this world, I simply want to pay my respects and I would deserve no comendation for it, and neither would anyone else.
Sorry if you think I feel to strongly about some things, but I want to see a monument for Syd from his fans as a whole, not just the people paying for it, I don't want it to be like just about every other public structure, just a way for somebody to call themselves a philanthropist and get their name out there.
If my opinions contradict the aims of the people in charge of this sculpture then I guess I only have two options, try to organize a monument of my own, or to compose some kind of literature on him to show my respect, either way I'll do my part to help spread the knowledge and appreciation of Syd.