In 2011, the year of Eden’s 10th birthday, musicians from across Cornwall created and performed an ambitious ensemble work Unplugged, written and directed by acclaimed composer Tim Sutton. Unplugged is a zero carbon event - performed in the daylight across the Outdoor Biome, the piece uses no electro amplification and exploits the former clay pit’s natural acoustics.
Working with local organisations, choirs and music groups, participants include singers from the Eden Choir, Blazing Heart Chorus, The Fifty Degrees, Kernow Voice and Imerys Male Voice Choir, and players from Bombrassa, Big Beat, the BBC Proms Cornwall Family Orchestra and the Seriously AwEful Symphonia.
The music, inspired by Cornwall’s folk traditions and mining history, evokes connections between Eden’s origins, community and environment.
Unplugged was created as part of Cape Farewell's Slow Art residencies at Eden Project. The project began in 2010, when Tim Sutton joined Cape Farewell producer, Vicky Long at Eden to explore the possibility of creating a site-wide acoustic musical event, and is the first Slow Art project to enter the public programme at Eden. The project is supported by TippingPoint, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England.
The project has been shortlisted for an RPS Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society.