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Inside the London Flat That Was Transformed Into a Geode

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Believe it or not, this crystalline cavern is actually a London apartment. Or at least it was, until 2008, when British artist Roger Hiorns got a hold of it and decided to make it his art installation and science project. Hiorns created the really rather pretty exhibit—thought of as an inside-out sculpture—by pouring more than 20,000 gallons of boiling copper sulphate solution over every surface of the flat. In the next three weeks, the solution cooled, leaving sparkling cerulean shards poking from the ceiling, walls, and floors. He called the bejeweled remains, sort of appropriately, "Seizure."

Because Hiorns' work is essentially a universal living space made unrecognizable by the zealous use of one material, the installation is reminiscent of the dining room that's completely coated in what looks like oak Scrabble pieces, or the "thoroughly crocheted" apartment that looks like one giant tea cozy. But Hiorns' organic, haphazard method is completely unlike the fastidious ways of the other artists, and the Brit is proud of that fact. Says Hiorns: "I'm not somebody who's interested in a deliberate form or design or style. These materials ... have their own autonomy and their own aesthetic, which simply takes me out of the equation." "Seizure" is, sadly, no longer open to the public, but find some more surreal photos of the installation below.

· Magical Blue Crystals Cover an Entire Room [My Modern Met]
· Behold: the World's First Totally Wood-Blocked Dining Room [Curbed National]
· Please Say Hello to World's First Thoroughly Crocheted Apartment [Curbed National]