Inorganic Living

roger-hiorns.jpg Call it Roger Hiorns' blue period. In "Seizure," his latest and most ambitious work, the English artist has taken a derelict London flat and covered it in copper sulfate crystals. After reinforcing the floor and ceiling and covering the flat in plastic sheeting, Hiorns pumped 90,000 liters (about 23,775 gallons) of a supersaturated copper sulfate solution into the building through a hole in the floor of the flat above. Then he waited for the temperature to drop and for crystals to take over the abandoned space. "The walls and ceilings are covered in blue copper sulphate crystals, their rhomboid facets glinting in the gloom," writes Guardian art critic Adrian Searle. "Silvery shards of cold light spangle and wink and beckon. Every surface is furred and infested; big blue crystals dangle like cubist bats from the light fittings. Little wonder the flat has been abandoned: you'd move out, too, if the crystals moved in." If you're going to be in London, the exhibit will be open until the end of the month. And you can see a video of Hiorns showing his piece after the jump. Meanwhile, I'm going to try to convince my husband that we should consider using Hiorns' method to redecorate.

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