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Morph flash mob tribute to Hart.

Summary: A flash mob of tiny Morph figures has been held to honour TV artist Tony Hart who died earlier this year.

A flash mob of tiny Morph figures has been held to honour TV artist Tony Hart who died earlier this year.

Nearly 200 Morphs drew an even larger crowd of human onlookers at the Tate Modern gallery on London's South Bank.

The unusual event was organised on social networking website Facebook by a group of friends who wanted to remember Mr Hart who died earlier this year.

Mr Hart's constant companion on his long-running TV shows, including Hartbeat and Take Hart, inspired group members to some unusual interpretations of the well-known figure.

One Morph was wearing a bikini, another sported wings and a third was dressed as a rap star.

Members of Mr Hart's family came to see the rows upon rows of little Morphs and judge a competition on the best effort.

Laura Kerry, a 31-year-old arts manager from Walthamstow, scooped the title. She said: "I only spent four hours making him. I heard about it and I was just really moved and felt we had to be part of it."

Her Morph was a traditional interpretation, looking uncannily like the original character and holding a pink carnation in his outstretched hand.

Artist Andrew Geary, from east London, said: "We came because I was introduced to a world of creative psychedelia by Tony Hart and I wanted to remember that."

His Morph was a many-coloured creation.

Ava Green, eight, was joined by her sister Iris, five, and brother Billy, three, at the event as well as mum Ashlee Liddell.

Miss Liddell said: "I grew up with Morph and I sent my pictures in although I never got into The Gallery. I thought it was a lovely tribute and something that the children would enjoy doing, although I think I enjoyed it more than they did!"

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