alex chinneck: from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes
alex chinneck: from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes
oct 02, 2013
alex chinneck: from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes


alex chinneck: from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes
image © stephen o’flaherty
all images courtesy of alex chinneck

 

 

 

peeling away the original facade, british artist and designer alex chinneck has slid the front off a four storey house in the seaside town of margate in kent, UK. the original, derelict structure had been abandoned for 11 years, and its new face gives the appearance that it just slipped down, onto the ground. the artwork is the result of an innovative collaboration between the artist and british industry, as the self initiated £100,000 project was constructed from donations of materials and professional services from ten different companies. also supported by the arts council, england, the building stands out from its surrounding neighbors and offers a welcoming facelift from the previous discarded house that was an eyesore for the street.

 

 


‘from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes’
video courtesy of hazeleigh prebble

 

 


the original facade was removed and the new curving front installed
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


the artwork has transformed the abandoned, derelict building
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


the sloping building front stands out against the other houses on the street
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


the original structure was abandoned for 11 years before its reconstruction
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


the front of the building appears to ‘slip down’ into the ground
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


view showing the door lying flat on the ground
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


the project was an innovative collaboration between the artist and various companies who donated their time
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


parts of the original building remain
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


detail view of the curving facade
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 


‘from the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes’ portrait of the artist alex chinneck
image © jenny lewis

 

 


drawing
image © stephen o’flaherty

 

 

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