In 2007, Roger Hiorns began work with Artangel on his Artangel Jerwood Open project. His idea was to apply a studio practice— the crystallisation of architectural models and car engines by immersing them in copper sulphate solution—to an architectural environment.
As Artangel’s Head of Programmes and Production, Rob Bowman led a team facing unprecedented, complex challenges in artistic conception, planning, production. In collaboration with Roger he assembled specialists and oversaw Seizure’s realisation at Harper Road in Southwark, London, overcoming numerous site, structural and visitor-related issues. Seizure opened in 2008. More than 50,000 people visited the work during two periods of public presentation. In 2009, the project led to Roger’s nomination for the Turner Prize.
After the project closed, through support from the Arts Council Collection, Henry Moore Foundation and Art Fund, a plan emerged to preserve a work originally conceived as temporary and created in a building to be demolished imminently. The question was: how? Despite the unknowns, Rob commissioned the deconstruction and oversaw a specialist team that successfully removed the work intact from its location. Seizure is now on semi-permanent display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, housed in a structure designed by award-winning architect Adam Khan.
Seizure’s creation, and the challenges involved are best grasped through photographs and films commissioned by Artangel. The archive includes documentation of production, a film following its removal, and interviews with Roger.
A film about Seizure being removed from the building in Harper Road
Name: Roger Hiorns, Seizure (2008/2013)
Role: Producer / Head of Production
Commissioner: Artangel / Jerwood Charitable Foundation
Exec Producer: James Lingwood
Project Manager: Broa Sams
Assistant Producer: James Smith
Structural Engineering: Price and Myers / Peter Laidler Structure Workshop
Steel Fabrication: Benson Sedgwick
Deconstruction Fabricator, Dave Marriott