Runners exhibited as artwork at Tate Britain
An athlete running at top speed is a beautiful thing and something that's very hard for the sculptor or painter to capture so controversial Brit artist Martin Creed gives us the real deal - his latest work is real athletes running up and down the gallery space at Tate Britain - over and over again, all day long.
Martin Creed cheered up the Turner prize no end seven years ago, when he won the award for a piece that consisted of a gallery's lights being switched on and off.
Now the artist is back with a new work that is likely to prove just as irritating to traditionalists.
Creed's Work No 850 is a single athlete running at top speed through the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain - every 30 seconds, all day, every day.
Visitors to Tate Britain will see a runner streak past them, dashing "as if their life depended on it" according to the artist's instructions. After a runner has made the 86 metre sprint (which will take around 12 seconds) there will be a 15 second pause, like a rest in a piece of music. Then the next runner will dash forth.