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Thursday, 10 May 2012

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The Tate Modern gallery in London is well known for its unusual and sometimes controversial displays of art from Britain's brightest and most talented artists. It has probably never had as much publicity as it has from its latest installation, a collection of artworks by ex-builder Brian Gunt, which opened today.

The main piece is simply entitled "Bricks", and consists of just that - a pile of bricks. Gunt says he came up with the idea one day at work, when he accidentally tipped over his wheelbarrow full of bricks. He painstakingly recreated the piece for the Tate Modern using the same method, tipping the bricks from his barrow onto the shiny marble floor of the gallery.

"It's so vibrant!" effused art critic Wanda Byatt. "It really expresses the hard-working spirit of the common man."

Artist Gunt agrees. "I were working right 'ard that day. That was probably why I dropped me wheelbarrow, innit."

Another piece explores the relationship between man and machine. Entitled "My Van", it is a mockup of Gunt's white van, which he used to drive to work every day.

He explains how he came up with the piece. "I was driving round for ages outside, trying to find somewhere to park. But there were nowhere, so I thought, faak it, I'll park it in 'ere." Critics also loved the piece and were drooling over it.

Gunt's favourite installation is the one which appears right at the end of the gallery. It is called "Trowel", and features his worn, cement-stained trowel in a glass case. "I think that speaks for itself," he said.

Brian Gunt is expected to be working on another art installation for next year. "Yeah! I'm finking about exploring plumbing and its esoteric nature."

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