Alex Chinneck Southbank Sculpture for Vauxhall Motors

In Vauxhall by Jonathan Humphrey

‘Alex Chinneck Sculpture for Vauxhall Motors: Pick yourself up and pull yourself together.’

 

The latest illusory sculpture by British artist Alex Chinneck has been revealed in a South London Car Park.  A Vauxhall Corsa has been suspended 5 metres in the air, after ripping up 15 metres of tarmac, turning a car parking space on its head.

“I see 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. I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility.

With an effortlessly curling road I hoped to transcend the material nature of tarmac and stone, giving these typically inflexible materials an apparent fluidity. Vauxhall Motors allowed me a great amount of creative freedom and this collaboration offered my studioan exciting platform to explore new areas of engineering and fabrication.”“With an effortlessly curling road I hoped to transcend the material nature of tarmac and stone, giving these typically inflexible materials an apparent fluidity. Vauxhall Motors allowed me a great amount of creative freedom and this collaboration offered my studio an exciting platform to explore new areas of engineering and fabrication.”Speaking on the artwork, Alex Chinneck said

Alex Chinneck’s previous works include making Covent Garden hover with 2014’s ‘Take My Lightning, But Don’t Steal my Thunder’ and ‘A Pound of Flesh for 50p’ where a house in Southwark gradually melted to the ground. The artist wanted to create a public installation of significant sculptural and theatrical impact, which complimented the new Corsa’s design.

Pick yourself up and pull yourself together’ is currently running from Thursday 19th February until Wednesday 25th February at the Southbank Centre Car Park.

Address:
Southbank Centre Car Park
Hungerford Bridge
Belvedere Road
London, SE1 8XX