Artist creates ‘melting’ house

Posted on 2 October 2013
By Michelle Gondry
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A derelict mid-19th century property has been transformed into a piece of art which creates a unique optical illusion.

The façade now appears to have come loose and slid down into the front garden toward the street, allowing a view into the upper floor.

The illusion was created by 28-year-old artist Alex Chinneck from Hackney, east London.

He started the £100,000 project called From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes Margate, Kent at the end of August and has just completed the work with the use of materials, manufacturing skills and professional services donated by 10 different companies.

After laying unoccupied for 11 years, the property was compulsorily purchased by Thanet District Council.

The house, 1 Godwin Road, will be brought back into use at the end of the year-long public art exhibition.

Chinneck said: “I was aware of this idea that people have a choice whether or not they go through the doors of an art gallery, and often they don’t because they feel intimidated. So I think public art is important.

“I wanted to create something that captured humour, illusion and would be accessible to people from all types of different backgrounds. The response has been very positive.”