28 August 2008
By John Prendergast
A UNIQUE chance to view a house totally encrusted in crystals will take place this Saturday, with the people of Southwark offered the chance to attend a special preview before the rest of the art world.
An uninhabited building on the Lawson Estate, Harper Road, has been transformed by artist Roger Hiorns, who has flooded the rooms with copper sulphate solution.
After draining, the rooms will be left covered with distinctive blue crystals, which will turn the council home into a work of art.
The project, titled Seizure, was commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charity, and is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The project continues the artist's interest in using unusual materials in his work, including perfume, semen and detergent.
The one off preview afternoon, from 12 noon - 5pm this Saturday is especially for locals, before the exhibition is thrown open to the general public next Wednesday.
The exhibition takes place at 151-189 Harper Road, a low rise block on the Lawson Estate. The project runs until 2 November. For more information about the work, and for opening times, see Artangel's website www.artangel.org.uk
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