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Street art to adorn Tate's walls

Aerial view of Tate Modern
Tate Modern's Turbine High wall is 35 metres tall

A series of giant graffiti-style murals are to be painted on the walls of London's Tate Modern gallery for its summer season.

The works, which will adorn the river-facing wall of the building, will be created by six artists including Blu, who is interested in death.

The artworks will be displayed for three months from 23 May.

A Tate spokesman said a protective coating would be placed on the wall to avoid damage when they are removed.

Other street artists involved in the project include JR from France, renowned for putting photographs of people from deprived areas of Paris onto walls in the city's affluent districts.

Sixart from Barcelona and Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo will also submit ideas for the wall art.

The murals are expected to measure 15 metres by 12 metres, and will decorate the Turbine High Wall of the building, a former power station on the south bank of the Thames.

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