Pink Floyd Icon Syd Barrett To Be Focus Of Cambridge Live Event

(Classic Rock) The life of Pink Floyd icon Syd Barrett is to be marked with a public artwork at the venue where he played his last shows. Cambridge Live - the arts and culture charity set up by Cambridge City Council - has announced plans to work with Barrett's family to commission either a painting, sculpture or other art installation to be placed at the city's Corn Exchange, where he played his last live concerts in 1972 as part of the short-lived band Stars.

It'll be unveiled in 2016 to mark the 10th anniversary of Barrett's death and also the 70th anniversary of his birth. Roger Keith 'Syd' Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 along with Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright.

He left the band in 1968 and embarked on a solo career. He died of pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2006, at his home in Cambridge. Syd's sister Rosemary Breen says: "We welcome this opportunity to commemorate Roger. He was bright, funny, quirky and witty and was an artist not just in terms of 'music' or 'paintings' but in a much wider sense. We look forward to working with Cambridge Live to create a lasting memory of an inspiring man." Read more here.

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