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Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips Derelict 1960s Office Building to Create Mind-Bending Illusion

Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips Derelict 1960s Office Building to Create Mind-Bending Illusion

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UK-based artist Alex Chinneck has unveiled his latest architectural installation, transforming the walls of a soon-to-be-demolished 1960s office building on the former Kent Wool Growers site in Ashford, England. “Open to the Public” features an eight-meter-high double zip running down the side of the building, revealing the forlorn interior.

The double zip descending the short elevation is joined by a long single zip running the full length of the building, peeling back the walls and windows in a move inspired by the area’s history of textiles and fabric.

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Having begun work on the intervention earlier this year, Chinneck installed the artwork over the course of a single Sunday night. Playing on a surreal difference in scales and properties, Chinneck aimed to create a playful artwork which draws public attention to the soon-to-be-demolished structure.

The Kent Wool Growers project will be a bit too theatrical to just walk past. With the time and money being invested into the quality of the illusion, it will be mind-bending. People will ask ‘is that building actually doing that?’ Believability hangs on execution.
-Alex Chinneck

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The secret project was commissioned by London-based regeneration specialists U&I, who hope to build 250 homes on the site, contained in four apartment blocks ranging from six to fifteen floors.

Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles. Image © Faruk Pinjo
Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles. Image © Faruk Pinjo

Chinneck has a history of creating playful installations with architecture as his canvas. In 2017, he installed a ripped brick façade on a London building titled “Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles.” In 2013, his installation “From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes” featured the brick façade of a seaside terrace in Margate sliding down into the front garden.

Open to the Public will be officially unveiled on August 2nd.

News via: Alex Chinneck / Kent Online

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Artist Alex Chinneck Unzips Derelict 1960s Office Building to Create Mind-Bending Illusion" 01 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/899434/artist-alex-chinneck-unzips-derelict-1960s-office-building-to-create-mind-bending-illusion/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Image via <a href='https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl8Tl8rgvOg/?taken-at=215825705'>Instagram user Hypebeast Art</a> with photograph by Marc Wilmot

艺术家利用视错觉,将60年代废弃办公楼用‘拉链’拉开

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