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Artist to install cloud of mist in Tate Modern artificial fog exhibition

Tate Modern has announced a bold new artwork - artificial fog. Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya will be installing a cloud of mist in London, which was famous for being cloaked in fog in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, for a 10-day exhibition next year.

The 83-year-old artist has been working since the 1970s to develop a system to disperse water vapour at high pressure to create a cloud of mist. Her father is credited with making the first artificial snowflakes.

Nakaya first became interested in fog after painting clouds.

This was the time in the 60s when everyone was out on the streets. So, I didn't want to paint clouds, I wanted it to interact with the environment," she has said.

Walking inside fog, people are suddenly confronted with white darkness, but soon they find themselves trying to use all the senses other than the visual to orient themselves.

People love the feel of fog on their skin, immersed, wet and cold, but gentle and soothing. It's a primary experience.

– Fujiko Nakaya, artist

Nakaya's "immersive fog sculpture" will be staged on the terrace outside Tate Modern's new Switch House extension.

The BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights runs from March 24 to April 2.