Ripped Brick Facade on London Building by Artist Alex Chinneck

Artist Alex Chinneck’s architecture is unique from melting buildings to a slumping facade to a structure ripped in half and hovering. His work plays with the expectation of materials and tectonics, resulting in captivating mind-bending illusions.

The Six pins and half a dozen needles artwork is the first permanent installation by artist Alex Chinneck at Assembly London, a new office complex. Artist Alex Chinneck’s architecture is unique from melting buildings to a slumping facade to a structure ripped in half and hovering. His work plays with the expectation of materials and tectonics, resulting in captivating mind-bending illusions.

The "Six pins and half a dozen needles" work of art in west London has now been completed.  Placed 20 metres high and weighing about 10 tons. It has been mounted out of 4,000 bricks and a stainless steel framework. The artist required a year's collaboration with engineers, steelworkers and brick makers to accomplish the task. This façade is in the form of a large brick wall ripped down the center.

Ripped Brick Facade

Side View of the Ripped Brick Facade

Located on top of an office complex in Hammersmith in west London, the installation was constructed from more than 5,000 custom-made bricks and 1,000 stainless steel connection pieces to create a sculpture described by the artist as “cartoon-like” and “endearing.”

“The work was conceived to engage people in a fun and uplifting way,” explains Chinneck. “I set out to create accessible artworks and I sincerely hope this becomes a popular landmark for London and positive experience for Londoners.”

Project Details

Design: Alex Chinneck
Location: London (GB)

About Artist Alex Chinneck

Alex Chinneck is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and a trustee of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work has been featured extensively by international media with selected projects welcoming over one million visitors.

Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre and engineering, the work of British sculptor Alex Chinneck is monumental in ambition and impact, producing contextually responsive interventions that animate the place in which they stand.

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