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Artist creates optical illusion at Covent Garden Market

Artist creates optical illusion at Covent Garden Market

Floating building

Editor: Buro 24/7


British artist Alex Chinneck has debuted a spectacular new artwork in Covent Garden, London

Working with builders, engineers, and even robots, Chinneck's new installation makes the Market Building in the piazza appear as if it is floating up into the sky. Using digital carving and four-tonne counterweights, the artist has made the building appear as if it is suspended from the sky - which has left passers-by opened mouthed at the spectacle.  

The piece titled 'Take my lightning but don't steal my thunder', is a replica of the Market Building behind it, featuring "broken" columns in the sculpture the effect is that the 184-year-old building is magically levitating mid-air.

The artwork was a combined effort from over 100 people and used 14 tonnes of steel being used and a tonne of paint. "Architecture is a brilliant canvas for creative exploration and distortion because it surrounds and contains us," the artist commented. 

Speaking of the artworks title, Chinneck said: "The thunder and lightning comes from the two separated sections of the building - they are forever together but always apart.

"I also liked how the silhouette of the cracked architecture shared the aesthetic of a lightning bolt. the narrative of the installation has a cataclysmic feel and thunder and lightning typically accompany such a theatrical scenario.

"I incorporated the saying 'steal my thunder' as I like to include common expressions in my titles to lend them a pleasing familiarity."

 

 

"Soaring" house at the entrance to London's Covent Garden Market (photo 1)

 

 

"Soaring" house at the entrance to London's Covent Garden Market (photo 2)

 

 

"Soaring" house at the entrance to London's Covent Garden Market (photo 3)

Take my lightning but don't steal my thunder will be on display at the East Piazza, Covent Garden Market until 24 October.