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Alex Chinneck explores easy access by unzipping office building

Alex Chinneck explores easy ac...
Open to the public is located in Kent, England
Open to the public is located in Kent, England
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Open to the public is located in Kent, England
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Open to the public is located in Kent, England
Whether levitating a building or making a house melt, Alex Chinneck is adept at transforming mundane everyday architecture into surreal works of art
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Whether levitating a building or making a house melt, Alex Chinneck is adept at transforming mundane everyday architecture into surreal works of art
Open to the public creates the illusion of a dilapidated 1960s-era office building being zipped open
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Open to the public creates the illusion of a dilapidated 1960s-era office building being zipped open
Open to the public's  vertical zip is about 8 m (25ft)-tall
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Open to the public's  vertical zip is about 8 m (25ft)-tall
Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion
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Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion
Open to the public  involved a team of workers, including carpenters, painters, structural engineers, and casting specialists
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Open to the public  involved a team of workers, including carpenters, painters, structural engineers, and casting specialists
Open to the public is very much a temporary work and we've no word on how long it will last
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Open to the public is very much a temporary work and we've no word on how long it will last
"I'm driven by a desire to make the every day world appear extraordinary," said Chinneck
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"I'm driven by a desire to make the every day world appear extraordinary," said Chinneck
Whether levitating a building or making a house melt, Alex Chinneck is a master at transforming mundane everyday architecture into surreal works of art
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Whether levitating a building or making a house melt, Alex Chinneck is a master at transforming mundane everyday architecture into surreal works of art
Open to the public creates the illusion of a dilapidated 1960s-era office building being zipped open
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Open to the public creates the illusion of a dilapidated 1960s-era office building being zipped open
Open to the public's  horizontal zip runs 15 m (50 ft) along the building
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Open to the public's  horizontal zip runs 15 m (50 ft) along the building
Open to the public is located in Kent, England
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Open to the public is located in Kent, England
Open to the public's  horizontal zip runs 15 m (50 ft) along the building
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Open to the public's  horizontal zip runs 15 m (50 ft) along the building
Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion, and involved a team of workers
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Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion, and involved a team of workers
Open to the public shown at night
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Open to the public shown at night
Open to the public shown at night
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Open to the public shown at night

Whether levitating a building or making a house melt, Alex Chinneck is adept at transforming everyday architecture into works of art. His latest architectural sculpture is entitled Open to the public and creates the illusion of a dilapidated 1960s-era office building being zipped open.

Chinneck is understandably reluctant to reveal too much about the practical side of his art – to do so would spoil the magic, after all. However, the artist did share a few details to us over email.

The vertical zip measures about 8 m (25 ft)-tall, while the horizontal zip runs 15 m (50 ft) along the building. The artwork took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion, and involved a team of workers, including carpenters, painters, structural engineers, and casting specialists. Installation was very quick and the scaffolding was disassembled overnight for maximum effect.

We also asked Chinneck about his own influences and what he hopes people will take from this latest work.

"I'm driven by a desire to make the every day world appear extraordinary," said the artist. "In that sense, I'm influenced by Surrealism. I also enjoy pushing the boundaries of materials and their sculptural potential, and I like to research the history of the site itself – in this case, a former tannery. My primary concern is always that people enjoy it."

Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion, and involved a team of workers
Open to the public took 9 weeks to realize, from conception to completion, and involved a team of workers

Open to the public is a temporary work and we've no word on how long it will last. Those who want to see it in person are encouraged to get themselves down to Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, in England.

If you can't make it, be sure to check out the work in the gallery.

Source: Alex Chinneck

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