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Jim Lambie: Zobop, © Benedict Johnson, Royal Academy of Arts

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Kaleidoscopic stairs lead the way to the RA’s Summer Exhibition

For this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Scottish artist Jim Lambie has transformed the storied art institution’s grand staircase with one of his kaleidoscopic floor installations and shaken up the English cultural calendar highlight. Using hundreds of strips of adhesive vinyl tape, Lambie’s eye-catching floor work follows the architecture of the Academy and is part of his ongoing series Zobop. The 2005 Turner Prize nominee’s slightly riotous, technicolour stairs breathe new life into the neo-classical space, and the optical effect packs huge impact, fittingly leading the way to the boldest, brightest edition of the Summer Exhibition in its nearly 250-year run.

Summer Exhibition 2015 is on at the Royal Academy of Arts 8 June – 16 August.

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Jim Lambie: Zobop, © Benedict Johnson, Royal Academy of Arts