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Hit traffic warden, artist urges
Mark McGowan dressed up as a traffic warden and being beaten with sticks
Mark McGowan said punching and kicking is not allowed
Motorists fed up of being given parking tickets are being invited to beat a 'traffic warden' with sticks.

Performance artist Mark McGowan plans to dress up as a parking attendant and will provide people with rubber sticks.

He said the stunt is "therapeutic" for drivers, who can release the anger they feel towards traffic wardens.

The event takes place from 1000 GMT on Friday outside the Three Colts Gallery in Bethnal Green, east London.

"This artwork has a therapeutic value, I am offering a service by inviting people to come along and beat me with sticks, so as to release some of the frustration, anxiety and outright anger people have towards the traffic wardens," he said.

Mark McGowan crawled to Canterbury Cathedral
Mr McGowan crawled on his hands and knees to Canterbury

"Three sticks will be provided so group beatings are welcomed or you can just do it by yourself, but no kicking or punching allowed and there will be someone to make sure that only sticks are used."

Mr McGowan, from Peckham, south-east London, has previously rolled a peanut with his nose to Downing Street to highlight student debt.

He was also threatened with legal action after leaving a tap running in a London gallery for a month to highlight water wastage.

Earlier this year, he crawled 60 miles (96.5km) on his hands and knees from London to Canterbury Cathedral pulling 18 boxes of chocolates on strings and a sign saying: "Could you love me?"

He said he did it to highlight the plight of everyone who has to spend Christmas alone, including the elderly.




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