The piece is the latest creation of Hackney based British artist Alex Chinneck which was made for the Milan Design Week.
Chinneck installed zippers on the facade of a historic Milanese building , unveiling a screen of light underneath. Likewise inside the building are installed zippers on the walls but also a circular zipper on the floor which ,again, peel back to reveal illuminated surfaces underneath.
“Through the repeated use of the zipper, we have opened up the fabric of a seemingly historic Milanese building to playfully reimagine what lies behind its facade, floors and walls,” said Chinneck speaking to Dezeen Magazine.
The artist, a master of illusionary installations, has risen to fame thanks to a number of installations such as ‘Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together‘ an installation at London’s Southbank Centre where a section of tarmac seems to be peeled back from the surface with a car still stuck to it so that it is suspended upside down or ‘Telling the Truth Through False Teeth’ where he fitted identical smashed windows into a derelict factory in Hackney.
Chinneck is a graduate of the Chelsea College of Art and Design and a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
‘I try to make everyday situations as extraordinary as they can be,” said Chinneck. “I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility,”said the designer speaking to Dezeen.
location: spazio quattrocento – opificio 31, via tortona 31, milan
dates: april 9-14, 2019 from 10AM to 9PM