It's meeeelting! Alex Chinneck's latest artwork isn't intended to permanent—far from it. While "A Pound of flesh for 50p" may resemble a two-story home, you certainly can't live inside of it. The British artist/designer is known for his mindbending, surreal architectural art, and his newest installation is no exception: The red-bricked home, created for London's annual Merge Festival in celebration of an old candle-making factory, is constructed from nothing but parrafin wax.
Just as one would expect, the wax home will melt—and quickly. By mid-November it will hardly resemble a home at all, but rather a pile of wax with a roof on top. In order to perfectly craft wax into a shelter-like state, Chinneck spent a year working alongside chemists, engineers, and wax manufacturers to develop a home's worth of realistic red bricks—8,000, to be precise. The wax is already dripping, but Chinneck plans to manually melt some of the material in order to control the home's shape and appearance as it melts.
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