British sculptor Alex Chinneck started his career only about a decade ago but his extraordinary large-scale designs have already become famous all over the world. In his artwork, Chinneck combines the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre, and engineering to show our reality from different angles. Due to some unique twists and shifts, he manages to create unusual surreal masterpieces that always give you some food for thought.

We at Enlighten truly admire Chinneck’s talent and want to share the beauty of his architectural designs with you.

“Open to the public”

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This installation located in Kent, in the United Kingdom, consists of an enormous zipper opening the walls of this 1960s-style building and revealing its dilapidated interior. The artwork pays homage to the history of an office building that was once home to a leather and textile manufacturer.

“A bullet from a shooting star”

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This incredible 35-meter tall steel sculpture is situated on the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London. The huge structure resembles an upside-down electricity pylon that leans at such an angle that it really looks like it has been shot down to Earth from a star.

“From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes”

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Chinneck’s sliding sculpture and public art installation was made out of a house in Cliftonville, Margate, that had been vacant for 11 years. By replacing the wall of an ordinary 4-story town house, the artist managed to create an illusion that the entire facade of the house just slid right into its front yard.

“Birth, death, and a midlife crisis”

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Chinneck’s artwork consisting of a knotted wooden column that stands among straight wooden columns was displayed at the museum of Kirchheim Unter Teck, Germany. According to the artist, these columns are the main features of the 450-year-old museum and this installation was a great opportunity for him to defy the laws of logic and distort history.

“Take my lighting but don’t steal my thunder”

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This floating building is a precise replica of a section of the 184-year-old market building situated in London’s Covent Garden. Chinneck’s monumental installation consists of 2 separate sections that symbolize thunder and lightning that are forever together but always apart.

“Telling the truth through false teeth”

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To perform this project, Chinneck located an abandoned factory in Hackney, East London, that had been used earlier to grow cannabis. The artist used 1,248 pieces of glass across its facade to create the illusion that all the 312 windows of the building had been identically broken. His intentions when doing an installation here were aimed at drawing attention to the issues of economic and social decline in the area.

“A pound of flesh for 50p”

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This installation, also known as Melting House, was a temporary outdoor sculpture on Southwark Street in London. The 2-story house was made from 8,000 paraffin wax bricks that melted a little each day with the help of a heating apparatus until it was completely destroyed.

“Pick yourself up and pull yourself together”

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This gravity defying sculpture is situated in the Southbank Centre Car Park in London. It features a parking space that has been peeled off the ground and suspended upside down with a one ton Vauxhall Corsa hanging from it.

“Fighting fire with ice cream”

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A giant Christmas tree suspended in a 7-meter cube of ice was placed in King Cross’s Granary Square for New Year’s Eve in 2017. The 17-foot-tall tree was decorated with 1,200 lights and looked breathtaking among the illuminated fountains in the square.

“Under the weather but over the moon”