Yes, our latest Curiosity of the Week is a building with an artistic crack in the wall. At first glance, Assembly London in Fulham might look as though it is in need of some immediate attention to stop it falling apart, but look closer…
The unusual brickwork, which looks as though it is tearing apart, is actually the latest artwork from British artist Alex Chinneck. Entitled Six pins and half a dozen needles, the landmark public artwork can be seen on Assembly London.
It is Chinneck’s first permanent sculpture and follows projects that include a 35-metre inverted electricity pylon, a melting house constructed from 7,500 wax bricks and a hovering stone building for London’s Covent Garden Piazza.
Reaching 20-metres above ground level and weighing ten-tonnes, the artwork theatrically animates the structure from which it leans, uniting Chinneck’s signature use of art, architecture and engineering to create an ambitious combination of surrealism and spectacle.
Constructed from 4,000 bricks and over 1,000 stainless steel components, the installation represents a 14-month collaboration of British art and industry with engineers, steelworkers and brick-makers working alongside the artist’s team.
Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre and engineering, the work of British sculptor Alex Chinneck is monumental in ambition and impact, producing contextually responsive interventions that make the public stop, wonder and smile.
Alex Chinneck’s Six pins and half a dozen needles is a permanent installation and can be viewed at Assembly London, 77 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JA.
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