10/29/2014 04:50 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2014

This Creepy Wax House Is Slowly Melting To The Ground In The Middle Of London

Just in time for Halloween, here's a house creepily melting in the middle of London.

As part of the 2014 MERGE Festival in the city's Bankside district, artist Alex Chinneck -- famous for his four-story "sliding house" in Margate, Kent -- built a two-story house sculpture out of 8,000 wax bricks. The festival kicked off on Sept. 18, and the edifice has been melting ever since. What once looked like a pretty, sturdy home has become a grotesque, warped version of itself. But that's all part of the plan.

Chinneck is actually speeding along the melting process with a heating tool. By the end of the festival, the sculpture, titled "A Pound Of Flesh For 50p," will be a mound of wax drippings.

Design Boom has more details on the project's construction and gradual deconstruction:

each brick has been cast in paraffin wax within beds of terracotta sand, a method which renders both individuality and a unified color palette. over the last year, the artist has collaborated with chemists, manufacturers and engineers to develop visually convincing bricks that manipulate in the most sculptural effective way. melted manually, the house softens through the use of a handheld heating apparatus — commonly used in roofing applications — providing creative control over the artwork’s appearance and duration.

alex chinneck melts two-storey wax house in london


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