Lonely Planet Writer

The facade of a London building has been torn apart in this new permanent installation

A striking public installation has opened in London that was designed to make it look like the facade of a red-bricked building has been perfectly ripped in two.

Six pins and half a dozen needles installation by Alex Chinneck in London
The installation was made using over 4000 bricks and took 14 months to complete. Image by Charles Emerson

The permanent piece is called, “Six pins and half a dozen needles,” and was created by British artist Alex Chinneck. Located on the Fulham road at Assembly, a mixed-use urban campus development comprising of four buildings, the unique project reaches 20 metres above ground level and weighs ten-tonnes. It was made using 4000 bricks, with over 1000 stainless steel components, and represents a 14-month long collaboration between British art and industry with engineers, steelworkers and brick-makers working with the artist’s team.

The fragmented edges of the Six pins and half a dozen needles art installation in london
The fragmented brick edges required months of digital design to get right. Image by Charles Emerson

“The work was conceived to engage people in a fun and uplifting way. Although we use real brick, it was designed with a cartoon-like quality to give the sculpture an endearing artifice and playful personality. I set out to create accessible artworks and I sincerely hope this becomes a popular landmark for London and positive experience for Londoners,” said artist Alex Chinneck.

The buildings in the surrounding area will be home to offices, retail units and restaurants. Prior to redevelopment, the site functioned as the home of a publishing house for over two decades, and the installation resembles a torn sheet of paper, paying homage to the building’s heritage. Installation took place over an 18-hour period, with the two sections needing to be lifted to a height of 75-metres in order to clear neighbouring structures.

Six pins and half a dozen needles in Fulham road london
The design of the facade pays homage to the history of the site, which once housed a publishing house. Image by Charles Emerson

“I have been experimenting with brick for a number of years and exploring different ways of defying its material nature. This project represents a continuation of these works and elsewhere we are currently developing a series of four sculptures with a combined height of 163-metres and collective use of over 100,000 bricks,” Alex said.

Six pins and half a dozen needles in London
The installation is open to the public to view now. Image by Charles Emerson

Some of the artist’s past projects include a 35-metre high inverted electricity pylon, a melting house constructed from 7500 wax bricks and a hovering stone building for London’s Covent Garden Piazza. The new installation is open now for public viewing.