alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london
oct 28, 2014

alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london

alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london
photo by chris tubbs

 

 

 

adding to his oeuvre of reality-bending architectural interventions, british artist alex chinneck has set a life-sized, two-storey house made from wax in the middle of london. ‘a pound of flesh for 50p’ was erected at the end of september and has been slowly softening into the city streets throughout the last month. built from 8,000 wax bricks as part the annual MERGE festival 2014, the installation mimics the scale and design of a candle making factory based in bankside a few of centuries ago.

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
as each brick drips down the building’s facade and the entire structure begins to warp in shape
photo by tommophoto

 

 

 

as each individual volume drips down the building’s facade and the entire structure begins to warp in shape, the architecture becomes completely unrecognizable —  in a few weeks time, only the roof will remain on the floor, bathed in a pile of molten material. each brick has been cast in paraffin wax within beds of terracotta sand, a method which renders both individuality and a unified color palette. over the last year, the artist has collaborated with chemists, manufacturers and engineers to develop visually convincing bricks that manipulate in the most sculptural effective way. melted manually, the house softens through the use of a handheld heating apparatus — commonly used in roofing applications — providing creative control over the artwork’s appearance and duration.

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
in a few weeks time, only the roof will remain on the floor, bathed in a pile of molten material
photo by tommophoto

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
‘a pound of flesh for 50p’ was erected at the end of september and has been slowly softening into the ground
photo by tommophoto

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
wax drip detail
photo by tommophoto

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
molten windows drip down the sides of the structure
photo by chris tubbs

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
each brick has been cast in paraffin wax within beds of terracotta sand, rendering both individuality and a unified color palette
photo by tommophoto

alex chinneck melts two-storey house in london
prior to melting, the house was a seemingly ordinary structure
photo by chris tubbs

 

 


behind the scenes of ‘a pound of flesh for 50p’ by angie dixon for MERGE festival 2014
video courtesy of

alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london
artist’s impression of the house ‘before’

alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london
chinneck imagines the wax house ‘after’

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