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Artwork showing figures from Rome’s history etched into the banks of the river Tiber

A huge artwork showing a procession of figures from Rome’s history running for 500 metres along the 12-metre-high banks of the river Tiber is currently being created by the South African artist William Kentridge.

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The banks of the river Tiber. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kentridge is employing an unusual technique utilising stencils and water jets to create a contrast between the parts of the wall that have been blackened over time by pollution and other parts that have been cleaned off to show the pale travertine stone. The figures, which include centurions and the she-wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus, will gradually fade over time as the clean parts of the wall begin to blacken again.

Read more: telegraph.co.uk