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Masterpieces that are right up your street
Back for a second year of pop-up art, the Art Everywhere project is hogging 30,000 poster sites and billboards for 6 weeks this summer.

Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed, supported by the charity Art Fund, wants to "flood the streets of The UK" with great art reproductions.

Experts selected an initial 75 pieces and 38,000 Facebook users voted them down to a final 25. It's an eclectic outcome, ranging from a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I to a Grayson Perry tapestry.
My Parents by David Hockney was the outright favourite.

David Hockney, My Parents
David Hockney, My Parents.Photograph courtesy of

David Hockney, My Parents, Art Everywhere
Reduced to competing for attention with a gnome, of all things. Camden Road.

And when the nation curates, who am I to argue? For I am now reacquainted twice daily with a personal favourite; Marc Quinn's Self (2006), a self portrait made from nine pints of the artist's frozen blood.

Marc Quinn, Self, Art Everywhere
Marc Quinn's Self. Seven Sisters Road. The place needs demolition, not artwork.

How I've chortled when well-buttered punters emerge from the boozer opposite, behold its grisly visage, and commence retching. Good times.

Among the other works exhibited are:

Dame Laura Knight, Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring
Dame Laura Knight, Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring. Lambeth North station

Patrick Caulfield, Pottery, Art Everywhere
Patrick Caulfield, Pottery. Holloway Road.

Gilbert and George, Existers, Art Everywhere
Gilbert and George, Existers. Undine Street, Tooting.

Gillian Wearing, I'm Desperate, Art Everywhere
Gillian Wearing, I'm Desperate. King's Cross underground station.

Sculptor Anthony Gormley has even created Feeling Material, a digital artwork, exclusively for Art Everywhere. It is available as a free download and limited edition etching.

Last year's debut was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it affair that fell flat on its 1.8 x 1.2m face.

Things have changed. Art Fund estimates that this year 90% of the UK population will pass by one of the exhibits. Who knows? It might spur some into seeing the originals.

If David Hockney's parents turn you on you'll find them, along with the shortlisted pieces by Henry Moore and Michael Andrews, at Tate Britain.

The National Portrait Gallery is home to Marc Quinn's blood-filled bonce, and Ruby Loftus resides at the Imperial War Museum.

Art Everywhere? Not quite, but giving omnipresence a damn good try.
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When: Anytime
Where: UK-wide
Cost: Free
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