London-based artist, Alex Chinneck never ceases to surprise us with his surreal art-chitecture creations. Now he's back with a new transformative art project, A pound of flesh for 50p house . Built for the annual Merge Festival in Bankside, London, the distinctive house built with wax bricks is already drawing crowds. However, if you're in the area, you'd better get there fast because Chinneck is actually melting the house slowly, brick by brick.
More commonly referred to as the Melting House, Chinneck’s latest work is actually a life-sized recreation of an old candle making factory. Using paraffin wax bricks, the artist recreated the two-story structure by mirroring the exact dimensions of the original candle factory that was based in Bankside centuries ago.
To build the replica, Chinneck used 8,000 paraffin wax bricks to construct the two-story structure. To obtain the recognizable rust color and coarse texture of actual bricks, the artist cast the paraffin wax bricks in beds of terracotta sand.
The house will be on display as part of the arts festival until November 18, 2014. As the days go by, however, Chinneck will use a handheld heating device to heat the bricks of the home, melting the wax according to the artist’s vision. Eventually, the “brick” walls will be slowly, yet artfully transformed into a red waxy heap until the only thing left is the roof resting on top.
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