The British artist Alex Chinneck merges the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre, and engineering, into his monumental contemporary art installations, producing contextually responsive interventions that stimulate the place in which they stand.
All of his temporary artworks use the city as the background or part of the installations itself, most of Chinneck’s installations feature across Greater London.”I see the sculpture as the physical reinterpretation of the material world around us and so by introducing fictional narratives into familiar scenarios, I try to make everyday situations as extraordinary as they can be,” said Chinneck.
“I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility.”
“While I am most excited by the hidden engineering and complex manipulation of concealed steel, others will simply enjoy the accessible theatricality of the illusion at play,” Chinneck added.
Architectural “magic trick” with Covent Garden building art installation.
“I try to introduce sculptural interventions in unexpected contexts, heightening a sense of discovery when you encounter them,” he told Dezeen. “With this in mind, the archetypal nature of the building’s upper elevation makes it a perfect platform for a surprise.”
A modern art installation of a parked car is upended on a tarmac wave.
“It’s an extremely peculiar and rare plot of land and it offered this incredible platform for sculptural ambition.”