Seizure, Copper Sulphate House, London

An installation by British artist Roger Hiorns, which appeared to fill a derelict apartment in an abandoned 1960s Elephant & Castle housing block with bright blue crystals. This was achieved by installing a replica tank of the house, rebuilding the internal walls and basic furnishings, then pumping 75,000 litres of hot copper sulphate solution into the tank. As the solution cooled, crystals slowly formed on every surface. Once a thick layer had been ‘grown’ the remaining liquid was pumped back out. The house was open as an exhibition for public viewing during the summer of 2008. Visitors were required to wear protective wellies and gloves, but were otherwise free to wander around the crystalised space. SEIZURE was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England in association with Channel 4.

Completed 2008.

Client
Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Artist
Roger Hiorns

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