Architecture with a Twist: Installation Artist Knots Columns & Flips Facades

In his latest work dubbed Birth, Death and Midlife
Crisis
, artist Alex
Chinneck
is back at it again, exploring the limits of
seemingly solid structures (and observer imaginations). This
latest work in Germany deforms a structural column, calling its
conventional neighbors into question. “The columns are the
prominent feature in the 450-year-old museum and this
intervention took an opportunity to defy logic and distort
history.”


A lot of the artist’s other work operates along similar lines,
undermining our expectations for physics, engineering and built
environments. “I like to give fluidity to typically inflexible
things,” he explains, “transcending their material nature.”
This approach can range from pealing up pavement like a giant
carpet to breaking windows in an impossibly precise fashion on
an abandoned building.




The idea, in part, is to achieve these effects seamlessly. In
the case of his latest piece, he says: “I wanted to create the
impression that we had only changed what was already physically
present in the museum and the work was born through the
manipulation, rather than introduction, of material. With this
approach, the objective was to produce something sculpturally
bold but contextually sensitive.”



Aiming to go even larger with Onward &
Upward
, his next plan is to install a series of tall brick
chimneys in the UK, each built from 20,000 custom bricks and
likewise featuring knots in the middle. For now, the above
looks like an impossible rendering, but soon it will be a
uniquely bizarre architectural reality.

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