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Emin to create new Downing Street artwork

18th February 2011

Tracey Emin has been commissioned to install a new piece of neon art in 10 Downing Street.

The British artist and Strangeland author was asked to create the artwork by David Cameron at an installation last year after the prime minister revealed he was a fan of her work.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the 47-year-old said she will hang the artwork in a new part of the building, though she would prefer it to be situated in one of the older sections of the property to 'give it an edge'.

Emin is expecting to complete the artwork later this year but noted that it will avoid some of the more risque themes she has adopted in past pieces.

'It has to relate to different people on different levels because of all the dignitaries and world leaders and religious groups who go to Number 10,' she said.

The last neon sign created by the artist, I Never Stopped Loving You, sold for GBP 59,000 when it went under the hammer last year, with proceeds from the sale going to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent.

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