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Street artist takes over museum

John Dolan is creating a London skyline complete with iconic buildings Photo: Museum of London

London street artist John Dolan – with his faithful dog George by his side – is creating an inky London skyline, complete with Shakespeare’s Globe, Battersea Power Station and Tower Bridge ahead of the museum’s The City We Live In festival this weekend.

John Dolan works with his dog George by his side Credit: Museum of London

Dolan’s iconic 70-metre London skyline will form the canvas for visitors to wield a paintbrush and make their own mark alongside some of London’s most prolific street artists, including Dolan, RUN and Thierry Noir to create a gigantic collaborative masterpiece.

John Dolan's work will form part of a giant collaborative artwork Credit: Museum of London

The artwork will span the museum’s panoramic outdoor exhibition space, which itself commands views over famous London buildings, from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Barbican estate. The finished work will be on display at the museum until 1 June 2014.

The finished work will be on display at the Museum of London until 1st June Credit: Museum of London

“Street art is an artform that is sweeping across London. It is a familiar sight for Londoners that has become bound up with the city’s buildings, pavements and walls. In a way, it has become one of the many ways in which we experience the city that we live in. At the museum, we tell the story of London and its people from prehistoric times to today. And it’s fitting that we are able to celebrate this phenomenon, here, on our very own walls this weekend.”

– Museum of London director, Sharon Ament
Some of the capital's most iconic buildings are being captured in the giant artwork Credit: Museum of London