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The facade of this house in the English seaside town of Margate appears to peel away from the rest of the building and slump down into the front yard.
British designer Alex Chinneck created the installation - called From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes - by removing the facade of a detached four-story house that had been derelict for eleven years and replacing it with a brand new frontage that leaves the crumbling top story exposed, then curves outwards so the bottom section lies flat in front of the house.
"I just feel this incredible desire to create spectacles," Chinneck told Dezeen. "I wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humor, illusion and theater to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker."
Located on Godwin Road in the Cliftonville area of the town, the house had been acquired by the local council and earmarked for social housing, but nothing was due to happen to it for a year and the structure was in a dilapidated state. "There were barely any floorboards, it's very fire-damaged at the back and water-damaged at the front, and had fallen into ruin," said the designer.
His installation reveals this dilapidated interior where the smart new facade falls away from the top floor. "I increasingly like that idea of exposing the truth and the notion of superficiality," he explained. "I didn't go into the project with that idea, but as it evolved I started to like that."
The artwork will remain in place for a year, before the building is converted for use as housing.
Film is by Hazeleigh Prebble: vimeo.com/hazeleighprebble