Arts Council Collection


Roger Hiorns Seizure

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Open weekends and school holidays

“Destined to be remembered as one of the truly worthwhile and significant moments of modern British art” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian), 151-189 Harper Road, near Elephant & Castle became a site of pilgrimage, with thousands of people making their way across the capital to the anonymous council flat. The exhibit closed to the public in January 2010.

Faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out of the building using hydraulic jacks and craned onto the back of a low loader.Seizure was subsequently transported to YSP and is the subject of a 10-year loan agreement between the Arts Council Collection and YSP, where it will be presented within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects near the YSP Bothy Garden.

For more information on Seizure, 2008/2013 and opening times, please visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.



Seizure 2008/2013 leaving Harper Road. 
Photographs © Steve White.


Seizure 2008/2013 arriving at YSP. 
Photographs © Jonty Wilde.