Artist Alex Chinneck loves to play with architecture—deconstructing buildings until they slump, melt, and levitate. His latest London project is an eye-popping fractured facade atop an office complex in Hammersmith.
The installation took more than a year to execute. Chinneck used some 5,000 custom-made bricks and more than 1,000 stainless-steel connectors to create the artwork, named Six pins and half a dozen needles.
It looks a bit like a giant came through and tore apart the wall like it was no more than a sheet of paper. The playful and dramatic effect is intended to arrest passersby and inject a bit of surprise and wonder into the streetscape.
“The work was conceived to engage people in a fun and uplifting way,” said Chinneck.
“Although we use real brick, it was designed with a cartoon-like quality to give the sculpture an endearing artifice and playful personality. I set out to create accessible artworks and I sincerely hope this becomes a popular landmark for London and positive experience for Londoners.”
The work is Chinneck’s first permanent sculpture.