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26/05/03
Invasion of the Inflatable Blockhead
- Huge blow-up statue comes to Tate Modern riverside

A HUGE inflatable statue is to tower over the Thames from today, outside the Tate Modern.

The statue by American artist Paul McCarthy is loosely based on Pinocchio, in that it has a huge, pointy nose. McCarthy calls his creation, "an abstract that rises up and over your head".

The body of the figure is a deal blobbier and blacker than the wooden boy and its head is to all intents and purposes a cube - the piece is called Blockhead - with a stick jutting out of it.

The height of the Tate Modern itself, Blockhead should be visible a long way down the river. "This is one of the largest inflatable sculptures made, as far as we know," said a Tate spokesperson.

As well as the eye-candy on offer, real, edible candy will be available in the form of commemorative sweets served in the base of the structure.



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