Seizure, Copper Sulphate House, London

An installation by British artist Roger Hiorns, which appeared to fill a derelict flat in an abandoned 1960s Elephant & Castle housing block with bright blue crystals. This was achieved by installing a steel tank within the shell of the flat, before rebuilding the internal walls and installing basic furnishings. The flat was filled with 75,000 litres of hot copper sulphate solution. As the solution cooled, crystals slowly formed on every surface. Once a thick layer has been 'grown' the remaining liquid was pumped back out. The house was open for an exhibition for public viewing during the summer of 2008. It was transported to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as a permanent exhibit in a new building designed by Adam Khan Architects. 

Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Roger Hiorns

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