Sensational Seizure opens at YSP

Roger Hiorns’ crystalline council flat has found a new home in the heart of Yorkshire thanks to the Art Fund's support.

Saved from demolition, Hiorns’ entrancing blue crystal sculpture, Seizure, 2008/2013, will go on display from 15 June at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park after it was acquired by the Arts Council Collection with help from the Art Fund last year.

“ As an object removed from its origin it’s forever in limbo – nomadic and unplaceable, and will continue to be. If you have the opportunity to complicate things, you should always take it.”

  • Roger Hiorns
  • Artist

The spectacular sculpture will be open to the public on school holidays and weekends at its new home in YSP’s Bothy Garden, placing it alongside the work of world-class sculptors such as Joan Miró, Barbara Hepworth, Jonathan Borofsky and David Nash.

The work was originally commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2008 and transformed an abandoned council flat in Southwark, London into a glittering crystal landscape. Hiorns, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009, pumped 75,000 litres of liquid copper sulphate into the former council flat to create a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath. The result was spectacular.

Facing demolition, the 31 tonne sculpture was meticulously extracted from its original home in February 2011 and subsequently transported to the YSP where it was placed within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects.

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