Architectural Magic: Big Stone Building Breaks Free & Floats

My objective was to create an accessible artwork that makes a harmonious but breath-taking contribution to its historic surroundings, leaving a lasting and positive impression upon the cultural landscape of Covent Garden and in the minds of its many visitors.”
Comment on Facebook The construction process required a painstaking attention to historical details and materials in addition to grafting the appearance of age, wear and tear onto the fake structure. British artist Alex Chinneck   and his crew spent over 500 hours and had to construct a 4-ton counterweight to balance this faux building in the sky – what appears to be solid stone is in fact a steel-framed copy of an historic structure also found at Covent Garden (the original is nearly 200 years old). Chinneck is well known for his architecture-centric optical illusions, with this particular piece created as a play on the area’s “performance culture” – its   proximity to theaters and performance spaces. Another significant challenge: the seemingly haphazard breaking and slicing of everything from stones to windows and their frames.

Updated: 23.11.2014 — 13:29