Slip and Slide by Alex Chinneck
The face of architecture is quickly changing, and with rising property costs, what is being left behind? For his project “From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes”, artist Alex Chinneck reimagined an abandoned house in Margate, a sleepy seaside town in Kent, England. The site had been abandoned for over a decade, and Chinneck teamed up with a number of manufacturers to shine a light on the four-story townhouse. Stripping the building of its original facade, he created a drooping facsimile out of bricks, mortar, and curling sheets of steel that was then mounted on the home’s face as to make it seem like the front door, windows, and walls were melting off its structure. The resulting installation is a feat of physics in a pedestrian setting: far from white-walled galleries or project spaces, Chinneck’s project offers an artistic intervention in the everyday that invites the people of Margate to consider their understanding of space.
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