True blue council house

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An artist has transformed a council house into artwork.

Roger Hiorns used copper sulphate crystals to turn a Southwark flat blue. The striking crystalline effect for “Seizure” was created by pumping 75,000 litres of the chemical into the abandoned dwelling.

The 31 tonne artwork was extracted using hydraulic jacks and cranes prior to the demolition of the block of flats at the Elephant and Castle, London, in 2011. Seizure was then put on a low-loader and was later transported to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Adam Khan Architects have made a special concrete casing for it and Seizure will go on show near the Bothy Garden from tomorrow. The piece is the subject of a 10-year loan agreement between the Arts Council Collection and YSP.