Grotto or artwork?

They (whoever they are) say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. But what about when you need to move a chemistry filled artwork and the entire installation needs to be moved from it’s original site in London to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, around 200 miles away?

The artwork in question is Seizure, a flat (or apartment for our transatlantic readers) encrusted in shimmering blue crystals of copper sulfate pentahydrate that Bibi first blogged about in 2009.That puts my attempts with dangling a string into a jam jar of copper sulfate solution on the kitchen windowsill to shame.

Although Seizure had remained in the block of flats since it was first made, the council estate that contained it was condemned and so for the artwork to be saved it had to be removed intact. Luckily for the removal men, the flat had already been encased in a watertight steel box back when the artwork was first made, to allow the copper sulfate solution to be safely poured into the flat without it then leaking everywhere. After cutting away from around it, the steel-encased flat has now been removed and will be set in the greenery of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park inside a new housing.

So, until I can take a trip up to see the artwork in its new home, did any of our readers go and see it in its original location? Let us know if you have any good pictures.

Laura Howes

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