British artist Alex Chinneck has returned with a new outdoor artwork in Ashford, Kent. Entitled Open to the Public, it appeared overnight with Chinneck secretly transforming an unused building into a surreal sculpture.
His installation creates the illusion that the walls of a 1960s office building have been unzipped to reveal its interior. In doing so, Chinneck hopes to elevate the everyday structure to the status of an artwork, bending its walls and windows as if by magic. "I design playful public artworks for everyone to experience and enjoy," Alex says, "Turning the everyday into the extraordinary."
Over the past five years, the artist has completed a succession of major street sculptures including sliding the brick facade off a three-storey property in Margate; constructing a full-size melting house from 7,500 wax bricks in London Bridge; creating the illusion that a stone building on London’s Covent Garden Piazza was floating in mid-air and inverting a 37-metre electricity pylon to stand on its tip.
Alex Chinneck: Open to the Public is a temporary installation which can be viewed from today. See it while you can! The address is Brundrett House, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PN. Find out more about Alex at www.alexchinneck.com.