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Artist Alex Chinneck's Mind-bending Building Facade Slides to the Ground

by , 12/01/13
filed under: Architecture, Art, gallery

alex chinneck, from the knees of my toes to the belly of my toes, london, uk, kent, sliding brick wall, urban decay, optical illusion, brick facade, melting exterior, dezeen, margate, cliftonville

London-based artist Alex Chinneck creates spectacles that combine illusion, humor, and design. In his work entitled “From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes he fabricated a facade that appears to be sliding off an apartment building! The work explores themes of urban decay, and it’s certainly a head-turning addition to an otherwise ordinary street.

alex chinneck, from the knees of my toes to the belly of my toes, london, uk, kent, sliding brick wall, urban decay, optical illusion, brick facade, melting exterior, dezeen, margate, cliftonville

To create the appearance of a melting wall, Chinneck exposed the topmost part of the structure and remodeled the brick face. Structural supports were added to the base to fabricate a curve, and a thin brick covering was added to give the impression of a fluid exterior.

“It has social issues, it struggles with high levels of crime and the grand architecture has fallen into a fairly fatigued state. Increasingly like that idea of exposing the truth and the notion of superficiality,” he said in an interview with Dezeen. “I didn’t go into the project with that idea, but as it evolved I started to like that.”

The house can be viewed at 1 Godwin Road, Cliftonville, Margate UK, until October 2014. Afterwards, it will be turned into residential housing with a more traditional appearance.

+ Alex Chinneck

Via Dezeen and Beautiful Decay

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3 Comments

  1. Jennifer Graham May 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I would like to see finished pictures after the current display is finished.

  2. Troy Grant November 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    is the front door in the ground? steps into a basement kinda thing, cause if so… what a great use of space :) what about roof design?

  3. Lev Shelpakov November 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    thumbs up ))

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