Using derelict buildings seems to be becoming a trend in the art world – or has it always been so and I’ve just missed it!
In 2007 Richard Wilson created a piece called ‘Turning the Place Over‘ for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Year. It was a huge, rotating, circular section in the side of an old multi-storey building. At one moment in its rotation it looks quite normal, but then it becomes completely disorienting as it slowly spins round and out of its correct position. Here’s a video – it’s definitely worth a look!
Another building sculpture I’ve noticed recently is ‘From The Knees Of My Nose To The Belly Of My Toes‘ by Alex Chinneck (the link goes to an article on designboom) where the whole front of a terrace house in Margate appears to have slid off the building as if it was made of rubber. Follow the link and you’ll find an interesting little video on the construction of the artwork and to quote the little girl in the video – “the house is very, very cool and very, very artific.” – although, some clever dick in the comments noticed that the satellite dish was facing the wrong way. There’s always one!