Growing crystal wallpaper out of copper sulfate

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

These are images from Seizure an installation by London-based artist Roger Hiorns. Hiorns covered the walls of an abandoned apartment with plastic and chicken wire pumped eighty-seven thousand liters of copper sulfate into the space and left. Months later, the remaining liquid was pumped back out of the flat, leaving shimmering surfaces of brilliant blue crystals throughout the installation. Much was written about the installation back in 2008 when you could still visit the abandoned flat-turned-geode. Below is a video of Hiorns talking about his installation:

4 Comments Growing crystal wallpaper out of copper sulfate

  1. Neil craver December 19, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Wow..what a wonderful idea!!! I wish I could go back to London to see this…strange the video only has 2600 views?

  2. M83 December 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Thanks for blogging this, but it was last open in January 2010…bit late. I’d sure go see it if it was open still though.

  3. Roy December 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    I remember visiting this back in ’08 when I visited London. Awesome installation. Thanks for the blog trip back!

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