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Car in a giant tattoo-covered ice cube in Potters Fields Park

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Tattoo artist Henry Hate has unveiled his first ever sculpture and the world's first ice tattoo to mark the launch of the Nissan Cube.

Car in a giant tattoo-covered ice cube in Potters Fields Park
Henry Hate puts the finishing touches to the ice 'tattoo'

Take 8000 litres of water, filtered then frozen for 240 days, sculpted with Japanese Samurai chisels and you get a Cube in a cube.

The cube also features an interactive sensor panel which lights up Hate's tattoo design and elements of the Nissan Cube.

The Nissan Cube has been featured in the Design Museum's book of Fifty Cars that Changed the World.

Henry Hate's tattoo ice installation is available to view until Thursday 11 February at Potters Fields Park near Tower Bridge.

PR firm Borkowski had applied for planning permission to install the cube outside Tate Modern at Bankside but residents at nearby Falcon Point registered their objections to the "vulgar" stunt.

Potters Fields Park is a favourite location for car launches, but few are likely to rival Vauxhall's 2008 'UFO' stunt.

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