Guess what, guys? There's an eerie house MELTING in the middle of London! Nope, I'm not talking about another group of college students wandering into a museum of wax figures only to find they are to form part of the curators' next exhibition. And there's not a Paris Hilton in sight...
What I'm talking about is a sculpture for part of the 2014 MERGE Festival in the English capital city's Bankside district. Artist Alex Chinneck built a house out of 8,000 wax bricks at the end of September and it has been slowly softening into the city streets throughout the last month.
By the end of the festival, Chinneck's creation - called "A Pound Of Flesh For 50p" - will just be a pile of melted wax. Check this out:
Four wax walls and a roof
The walls bleed wax
In four weeks the house will have totally melted
The house has a haunting beauty
Unlike it's horror movie namesake, this house of wax does not contain dead teenagers... I think
In just a few weeks time, only the roof will remain on the floor, bathed in a pile of molten material.
It kinda reminds me of Tibetan sand mandalas, where monks spend days creating a visual beauty with only colored sand, and then ritualistically destroy it once it has been completed in order to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.
I wonder if that's what Alex Chinneck had in mind...
Would you dare to enter a real-life House of Wax?