Seizure: 28th November

“Seizure”, by Roger Hiorns, is one of those ideas elemental in their simplicity. It existed from 3rd September to 30th November 2008, at 157 Harper Road, London SE1.

Hiorns took a derelict flat, in a block about to be destroyed, and made it into a waterproof tank into which he poured 90000 litres of hot copper sulphate solution, and left it for two weeks. The remainder of the solution was pumped out and recycled by whatever industry uses copper sulphate for practical purposes.

Every hard surface in the flat was covered with gleaming blue crystals. I visited it on 28th November, by which time the crystals on the floor had long since been trampled down to a rough uneven surface full of hills and puddles. But those on the walls and ceiling were still intact.

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