Titled ‘Open to the Public’, artist Alex Chinneck’s latest architecturally-themed work has gone on show in Ashford, Kent. A soon-to-be-demolished 1960s office building located at a former tannery has been transformed by two giant-sized zips: one running along the side and the other across the rear elevation. The unzipped portions of the facade appear to spill outwards revealing the decaying interior.
The project, which alludes to both the history of office buildings and textile manufacture, was completed in two months, with the on-site installation undertaken in just one night. Described by Chinneck as “theatrical and surreal”, the artwork is the latest in a series of his large-scale installations, which include an inverted electricity pylon, and a house whose peeling facade seems to slump into the street.
The temporary installation can be seen at Brundrett House, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PN.