Roger Hiorns

Artangel at Harper Road

Having previously coated small models of gothic cathedrals, car engines, and other objects in bright blue copper sulphate crystals, sculptor Roger Hiorns took this technique to virtuosic heights with Seizure, 2008, encrusting an entire apartment wall-to-ceiling in sparkling azure crystals. This startling superimposition of nature onto culture was achieved by first sealing watertight an empty three-room apartment in a 1960s public-housing block condemned for demolition. A hole drilled into the ceiling from the apartment above allowed the artist to pour more than eighteen thousand gallons of the self-transforming liquid, copper sulphate, into the “tank” below. When the apartment was drained about two and a half weeks later, the result was a magical space entirely sheathed in a seamless stretch of thick, gleaming blue crystals. Bare lightbulbs were reborn as jagged, lapis lazuli disco balls;

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