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Artist spreads cheer over London

Pink smiley face
Each of the pink, smiley faces lasted about 30 minutes

More than 2,000 pink smiley faces - made from helium, soap and vegetable dye - have been released into the air.

Artist Stuart Semple, 28, filled the air outside the Tate Modern gallery in central London with the Happy Cloud installation on Wednesday.

He said he wanted to create something that would cheer people up and to "contribute something happy to the atmosphere".

Each of the faces lasted about 30 minutes before dissipating.

He said: "I've had enough of the doom and gloom in the air and I wanted to show something completely positive floating up in the sky.

"I am hoping it might put a smile on a few people's faces as they go through their day."

He said he wanted to show on a very human level that an artistic idea might be able to do something important.

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