Tracey Emin to create neon art for Downing Street

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Emin said the work will have to relate to No 10's many visitors

Artist Tracey Emin is to produce one of her trademark neon artworks for Number 10 Downing Street.

The 47-year-old was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to create an installation last year.

Emin told The Telegraph she would like to hang her work in the old part of the building to give it a "bit of an edge".

But she said she would be installing the neon in a newer room and on plastic, rather than screwed to the wall, as it is a listed building.

The new work is expected to be completed later this year.

Emin said the Downing Street piece would not feature any X-rated slogans, which have appeared in past works.

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Emin's neon light installations usually spell out heartfelt messages

"It has to relate to different people on different levels because of all the dignitaries and world leaders and religious groups who go to Number 10," she said.

The artist's last neon entitled I Never Stopped Loving You, which was installed on the seafront in Margate, sold for almost £59,000 when it went under the hammer in October.

Emin's latest exhibition, consisting of 16 watercolours made in collaboration with Paris-born artist Louise Bourgeois, recently opened at the Hauser and Wirth gallery in London.

Bourgeois, famed for her giant spider sculpture which was installed at the Tate Modern, died last May at the age of 98.

Her work with Emin was completed months before her death.

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