This amazing artwork makes it look as though London’s Covent Garden Market is just floating away. The effect which can be seen from any angle makes the building appear to break away from the columns. The mind-bending installation by British artist Alex Chinneck uses digital carving and a four-tonne counterweight to make the amazing structure. The huge project used over 100 contributors including structural engineers, carpenters, carvers, set builders, scenery painters, water jet cutters and a robot, as well as 14 tonnes of steel and a tonne of paint. This project will be in place until the end of October. The 12-metre-long sculpture has been made from a steel frame and a type of expanded polystyrene called filcor.
Find out how artist created this stunning optical illusion which makes building appear to have broken free from its foundations.
The structure itself has been going up since the weekend using cranes, a number of trucks and cherry pickers. This is the stunning optical illusion that appears to make a building at one of London’s busiest tourist districts hover in mid-air. To passers-by, it looks as though a section of the historic market building in Covent Garden has broken free from its foundations and is floating unaided, high above them. But in reality, the display, which imitates the architecture in the area, is a complicated piece of technical wizardry which took months to create.