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Monday, 4 December, 2000, 16:02 GMT
Royal Mail puts its stamp on Tate
Abseilers with giant stamp
The abseilers put the stamp in pride of place
The Royal Mail has celebrated the Year of the Artist by hanging a giant stamp - designed by an artist - on the side of the Tate Modern in London.

Photographer Tobi Corney, whose work includes an album cover shot for Charlotte Church, created the striking image of a human eye in close up.

Abseiling team Isobel Rocamora and Sophy Griffiths of Momentary Vision hung the artwork in pride of place at the capital's South Bank.

More than 1,000 artists have been commissioned to create work in unusual locations, many of them taking up residences for Year Of The Artist.

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Easy does it...
The stamp goes on sale on Tuesday, midway through the year-long celebration of art which was launched in June.

Corney specialises in picturing people with his work which has included advertising and TV stills.

The shot for the 27p stamp, one of the monthly issue to celebrate the Millennium, was taken in the street in Battersea, south London, about four years ago.

Tyneside-based playwright and novelist Julia Darling is also working with the Royal Mail to create a new play. She is working at the Newcastle Royal Mail head office, talking to delivery workers and looking at the processes involved in the sorting office.

She said: "As a writer, I have always been obsessed with letters. Letters have a kind of magic about them, a permanency and a significance and a sense of having travelled.

"The creative art of letter writing is fast disappearing in an age of e-mails, where everything is shortened, abbreviated and not necessarily saved or cherished.

"I wonder if this is a metaphor for how we view older people's experience."

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