LOOKING to take dad out somewhere unusual this Father’s Day?
You could always try a trip to the region’s latest work of art.
Seizure is the name of a piece of “installation art” by Roger Hiorns and has now been opened at the Bretton Park, where it will be a feature for the next 10 years.
It opens to the public tomorrow and park officials are confident it will prove a big draw.
It is certainly bizarre.
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Hiorns was commissioned in 2008 to create the work in an empty council flat in a run-down block in Southwark, London.
He pumped 75,000 litres of liquid copper sulphate into the various rooms of the flat.
Park spokesman Nina Rogers said: “It transformed the empty council flat into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals.
“It created a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of the abandoned dwelling.
“Faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.
“The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out of the building using hydraulic jacks and craned on to the back of a low loader.
“Seizure was subsequently transported to the Park and it has been presented within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects, near the YSP Bothy Garden”.
Hiorns was born in 1975 in Birmingham and is a London-based artist with an international reputation.
He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and has a number of works in public collections across the country, including the Arts Council Collection and Tate.
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