Alex Chinneck’s Surreal Brick House
Architecture & Interiors
An abandoned house in the British seaside town of Margate has been given a facelift of sorts with an elaborate and ingenious art installation conceived by the British designer and artist Alex Chinneck. As part of an effort to draw attention to the economic woes of the town, Chinneck has designed an optical illusion—amusingly entitled From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes—which appears to show the brick facade of a decrepit house sliding down the house’s front and onto the ground.
Constructed with the help of a local team of volunteer tradesmen and engineers—and with funding from the Arts Council of England—the project was designed to bestow a sliver of whimsy upon the depressing landscape of a once prosperous area. Says Chinneck, “I wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humor, illusion and theater to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.” And that’s an excuse as good as any for the existence of art, we say.