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UK's biggest outdoor art show launched at Waterloo Station

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UK's biggest outdoor art exhibition is underway. British contemporary artists Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley have unveiled works selected for the exhibition, which is called 'Art Everywhere'.

UK's biggest outdoor art exhibition is underway. 

The busy train station houses the biggest indoor advertising screen in the UK, which will be one of many sites, used to display artworks selected by the public for the summer event.

25 works will be recreated as posters and digital animations to be shown at bus stops, train stations, billboards, shopping centers and airports across the UK. The organizers say 90 percent of the British population will have an opportunity to see an outdoor space involved in Art Everywhere.

"Art is there to be shared. Art is a gift, both for the person, the artist who practices it, and for everyone that looks at it. It is something to be shared and enjoyed. And that's what this whole initiative is about, to tell people that these things are theirs, they are available, they can find them and go and spend time with them." said Antony Gormley, Artist.

The artworks that will go on display span centuries, and encompass various styles and subjects. "Art Everywhere" founder Richard Reed says he was inspired to create the project during his commute to work.

"Well it started when I used to walk down Goldhawk Road in London, which no disrespect to Goldhawk Road, it's not the prettiest street there is. And someone had put a beautiful bit of art on a public-facing wall. I don't know who put it there, I don't know why it was there, but I noticed it. And I used to stop and just for 30 seconds look at it on my way into work, and it gave me a real lift. And I thought, blimey, wouldn't it be great if that was everywhere, and that's essentially where the idea came from." said Richard Reed, Founder, Art Everywhere.

"Art Everywhere" runs at Waterloo Station from next Monday till the end of August. And besides fixed sites, people will also see an animation of Gormley's "Feeling Material" on motion screens if they're lucky enough to travel in certain black cabs.

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