Artwork trivia: Artwork full of mice and cockroaches is super disgusting

Once found on an abandoned housing estate in Southwark, London (near Elephant and Castle), this glittering art installation…

Once found on an abandoned housing estate in Southwark, London (near Elephant and Castle), this glittering art installation that looked like a colonic performed by Dr. Swarovski used to be a humble council flat, one of many on the estate. Artist Roger Hiorns got his hands on the place, he pumped it full of 75,000 litres of copper sulphate solution.

Artwork trivia: Artwork full of mice and cockroaches is super disgusting
Artwork trivia: Artwork full of mice and cockroaches is super disgusting


On top of probably killing every single rat, woodlouse and cockroach that had made the abandoned flat their home, the result was that the whole space was turned into exactly what it must have looked like inside Elizabeth Taylor’s mind. The work is called ‘Seizure’. Quite.

The estate has since been demolished and this magical work of art gone forever. Not the gaudy crystal-lined interior. No, that monstrosity was saved by the Arts Council Collection and is now on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I meant the gorgeous housing estate with all its beautifully drab, bleak beiges, browns and greys – alas – gone forever. That was the real hidden gem.

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