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Old 05-12-2017, 10:58 PM   #1
xoxoxoBruce
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May 13th, 2017: Melting Down the House

Alex Chinneck has produced some of the largest and most jaw dropping art ever.
He’s interested in architecture, materials, and the illusions of magic, as well as art.
He worked with over 100 people, for over a year, preparing to build this two story brick house in London for the MERGE Festival.



Wait, what’s happening?



It’s melting, the damn house is melting!



Each of the 8000 bricks has been cast of paraffin wax. Over the last year, the artist has worked with chemists, manufacturers
and engineers to develop visually convincing bricks. You can see in the picture on the left the bricks melting out leaving a lattice
of imitation mortar that isn’t strong enough to stand alone.



Each morning his team arrived with industrial blowers running off generators, and for three hours they heated the bricks
from the top down. All that engineering and planning said they could melt the house in four weeks, which was the length of the
festival. It took six.



I wonder what it cost to pull this off? That's a lot of people, a lot of hours, and a lot of material, who paid for it?

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