British artist Alex Chinneck has transformed an unused building in Ashford, Kent, into a surreal sculpture. The artwork, commissioned by U+I, a specialist regeneration and property developer recognized for creative vision and entrepreneurial flair, creates the illusion that the walls of a 1960s office building have been unzipped to reveal its interior.
In doing so, Chinneck elevates the everyday structure to the status of an artwork, bending its walls and windows as if by magic. The structure was installed onto the front of the building in one night.
“We are excited to have an artist of Alex’s calibre and renowned reputation bringing his surreal sense of fun to a disused building and completely changing it overnight into a sensational talking point for all who see it,” said Cllr Mike Bennett, Ashford Borough Council portfolio holder for culture.