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Giant sculpture to stand on heath
Giant table and chair - pic supplied by Rollo gallery
The sculpture is designed to encourage people to be creative
A giant table and chair are to be installed in one of London's famous parks over the summer.

The sculpture, which is the size of the average British house, will stand in Hampstead Heath, north London.

Professional football player turned artist Giancarlo Neri, 49, created the structure entitled The Writer.

The Naples-born artist used six tons of steel and 1,000lb of wood to create the piece, which is designed to encourage people to be creative.

It will go on display on Parliament Hill for four months from 22 June.

The work went on display in Rome and was used as giant goalposts and as a shelter from the sun, while two homeless people are also said to have lived underneath it.

Hidden heroes

It is said to be "a monument to the loneliness of writing" and will stand on the heath which is associated with writers such as DH Lawrence and poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats.

Neri became a full-time artist in 1980 and is now internationally renowned for his large installations.

An exhibition of his smaller works will also go on show in June at the Rollo Contemporary Art gallery in north London.

Rollo director Simon Gillespie said: "It summarises the pressure one can feel in front of a blank page."

Catherine McGuinness, from the Corporation of London, which runs Hampstead Heath, said: "This summer The Writer is going to remind us of the Heath's hidden heroes - and hopefully inspire more people to put pen to paper."


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