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‘Moo’ artwork stirrups horsemeat controversy

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 22, 2013 | 1 min read

Berlin based graphic artist Patrick Thomas has debuted a controversial artwork in Leicester Square tube station which piggybacks on the ongoing horsemeat scandal.

‘Moo’ was aired across the tube station ahead of the Affordable Art Fair and constitutes a billboard poster depicting a horse, a counterintuitive display that went unnoticed by some but drew mirth from others.

Thomas said: “It is the job of an artist to be witness to his time in history and art should have a social function and be an intrinsic part of everyday life. Art can be a powerful weapon and although this print is intentionally humorous; in the context of the horsemeat scandal currently dominating the UK press - it conceals a darker message."

The Affordable Art Fair takes place from 7-10 March and where 100 ‘Moo’ silkscreen prints will be available to purchase for £145 a pop.

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