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The Ethics of Dust: a new artwork has just been unveiled in the Houses of Parliament

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Eddy Frankel

Forget the shadow cabinet reshuffle, forget the PM resigning, there’s something actually good happening at Houses of Parliament for once: a massive, slightly gross work of art has just been unveiled to the public. This isn’t some fusty old portrait of King Charles the Spaniel either, this is a new work by the awesome Spanish preservationist and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos called The Ethics of Dust.

Basically, he covered one wall in Westminster Hall (the oldest building on the grounds at 900 years old) in latex and peeled it off to reveal centuries of dust, pollution and grime. He then hung the two resulting latex curtains from the ceiling and it looks awesome. Just look at all that grimy history! Politics: it’s a filthy business.

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A section of the 50-metre latex cast of Westminster Hall’s east wall is tested in a warehouse in Northampton ahead of its installation at Westminster Hall
Nick Chapman

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 Watch them install it below:

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