Seizure by Roger Hiorns – 90,000 litres of copper sulphate make millions of blue crystals

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Seizure by Roger Hiorns – 90,000 litres of copper sulphate make millions of blue crystals

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A derelict and soon to be demolished block of flats close to Elephant & Castle is the site for Art Angel’s and Jerwood’s latest commission Seizure by Roger Hiorns – a seductive cave of cobalt blue crystals.

The realisation of the art work is a chemistry experiment on a grand scale. One of the bedsits in the block was made into a watertight tank and then filled with 90,000 litres of copper sulphate solution. As the solution was drained from the premises, over the space of a few weeks, it revealed a mesmerising space of sparkling blue crystal shards. Seizure opened to the public this week.

Open until 2 November
151-189 Harper Road, SE1

PDF with education details here.

16 thoughts on “Seizure by Roger Hiorns – 90,000 litres of copper sulphate make millions of blue crystals

  1. Anonymous says:

    cobalt and copper sulfate are not the same

  2. Anonymous says:

    ‘cobalt blue’ is a color, ‘blue cobalt’ is a chemical

  3. gear head says:

    Cobalt Blue is the name of the blue hue, it’s nothing to do with the substance it was made from

  4. zof says:

    Yea but the real question is, is it really art? Mwhahah

  5. fuber says:

    Isn’t this chemical dangerous in large quantities?

  6. Anonymous says:

    What the heck is a ‘bedsits’ ?

  7. Custard says:

    Bedsit = Bed / Sitting room. It’s a one room apartment. (Studio apartment)

    hth

  8. Zach says:

    Yeah, what’s the recommended way to dispose of 90,000 litres of this stuff? I’m not sure “sewer drain” is going to cut it…

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