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Roger Hiorns - "Seizure" [20081023|09:44]
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Copper sulphate stalactite


"Seizure" was created in a condemned block of flats near Elephant & Castle tube station. Artist Roger Hiorns made Flat 159 watertight, filled it with 70,000 litres of hot copper sulphate solution, let it cool for two and a half weeks and then drained it.

I went to visit the flat with one of my colleagues last night. We donned wellies and thick leather gloves and plunged into the tiny space. I gleefully snapped away whilst trying to prevent the dSLR from being impaled on spiky corners. Click the stalactite to view to the gallery (10 images).

Londoners, this exhibit has been extended to 30 November and runs Tues-Sat from noon to 7 PM. Admission is free. Go during the week after work. If you don't kick yourself for failing to go before the flats get knocked down, I will.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2008-10-23 09:34 (UTC)
gorgeous photos as always - the colours are amazing! - but plunging into a tiny, spiky space in a condemned black of flats sounds like a recurring nightmare of mine, so i might give this a miss :/!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 13:55 (UTC)
It's actually not bad. The flats are only 2 stories high and there's a big courtyard in the middle. The entrance to the flat is fairly open.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-10-23 09:40 (UTC)
that looks so COOOL!!!!

WOW!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 13:56 (UTC)
It was. They'd left the bathtub in the bathroom as well, and it was full of crystals, which somehow managed to be spiky and inviting simultaneously. Most confusing.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2008-10-26 13:35 (UTC)
Oh man, I'd totally love to see this... I passed it on to Mr. M, maybe he's in a weird artist mood and would want to check it out. I don't even know if he's home in London right now, but it just seems like the weirdness of it would be just up his alley.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2008-10-23 12:28 (UTC)
Beautiful!!! Mmmmmm... I could see doing some figure photography there. The Atlantic's so friggin' inconvenient.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 13:57 (UTC)
You could always hike over the pole. Quick, before the ice caps melt!
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-10-23 12:38 (UTC)
Fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 13:58 (UTC)
Oh yes. I want to go back. With a tripod.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-10-23 23:59 (UTC)
that's *extremely* cool.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 13:59 (UTC)
Speaking of cool (in the thermal sense), I should like to have seen this before it melted, too!
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-10-24 23:52 (UTC)
oooh, that's beautiful...
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2008-10-24 05:23 (UTC)
I would love to see this in person, the color and texture are fabulous. Were you tempted to break off little bits and stick them in your pocket? i wonder if this could be an architectural feature...(assuming it's not toxic or something)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-24 14:01 (UTC)
I found it most satisfying just to run my hands over the crystals. The thought of breaking them off didn't even occur to me, oddly.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2008-10-24 15:10 (UTC)
but, they're so shiny
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-27 22:10 (UTC)
But also kinda poisonous.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2008-10-27 22:53 (UTC)
this would be the point where knowing fuck all about chemistry would lead to my downfall. why didn't i pay attention in school? :)
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[User Picture]From: bowmaniac
2008-10-24 18:13 (UTC)
That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Of course when I was little I used to spend rainy days inside making supersaturated solutions of alum and then cooling it to make big old crystals so I'm kind of a dork to begin with.
Yay science!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-27 22:24 (UTC)
Yes! The childhood experiments are some of the best. I always liked the baking soda volcano, although I remember my cousin and I were told quite firmly that we needed to stop, because we kept making them bigger and bigger...
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