Crystal Method – Feeling the Blues in a Council Flat

London has by far too many of them: Council Estates. Built in the midst of the 20th Century when it was regarded as futuristic to squeeze as many people as possible into small concrete boxes without life and soul. (In my opinion those architects and planners who built them should be put into prison for bodily harm).

Yesterday I went into one of the infamous council “boxes” – to be more precise: into a flat of an disused estate in Southwark near Elephant and Castle. BUT what I found was everything else but gritty, grey or grim.

Instead of faded ugly wallpaper and worn down carpets I found a magic blue Crystal Dungeon that looked like the home of a Wizzard.

The whole flat was covered in razor sharp, deep blue stones hanging from the walls and the ceilings. I have never seen anything like it. Absolutely magnicficent. Even the bathtub was almost completely covered in it.

This alien world was created by Artist Roger Hiorns who was nominated for the this year’s Turner Prize for this ambitious project.

He poured 87.000 litres of high concentrated boiling copper sulfate into the flat – so that it was filled from bottom to top – waited two months – pumped out the liquid and what he was left with was the blue crystals.

What a wicked way to decorate your room! Bit expensive maybe. Not sure if buying 90 tons of cupper sulfate to cover your walls is in many people’s budget.

If you’re around near Elephant & Castle – have a look for yourself.

Entrance is free. And the project was extended to January 2010

Address: 157 Harper Road, SE1

Check out the video as well, to see how he did it.



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