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Couples kiss to create sculptures

Couples kissing at the Science Museum
Couples kissed for 90 seconds while a paste set inside their mouths

One hundred couples have had their kisses turned into glass sculptures at a central London museum.

The couples have been asked to kiss for 90 seconds with a special paste inside their mouths that sets to form a cast.

Artist Charlie Murphy used the casts to create the 1,000 sculptures that are on display at the Science Museum.

"It is a very different experience kissing different people and I wanted to see what that looked like," Miss Murphy said.

"This is a sculpture that's the negative space of a kiss.

"It's a kind of love token, a trophy, because glass is a very beautiful optical material."

Kimberley Smith, 24, and James Davis, 29, were the first volunteers to take part.

Glass sculpture made from a couple's kiss
The paste was then removed and moulded into a glass sculpture

They held their kiss in front of cheering onlookers before spitting bits of paste debris into a bucket.

Miss Smith, from Surrey, said: "It didn't really feel like a kiss, there was a lot of paste inside the mouth.

"It was more a question of keeping in position than having a kiss. It was a pretty strange sensation."

Mr Davis added: "The first 15 seconds was a bit tough as the mixture was still a bit runny, but as time went on it did feel more and more natural.

"But after around a minute I was desperate to move."

Looking at the resulting pink cast, he said: "It's a nice thing that our kiss is going to be immortalised forever in glass. It's quite romantic really."

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