Arts Council Collection


Roger Hiorns, Seizure, 2008/2013


Roger Hiorns

Two major installations by Roger Hiorns have been gifted to the Arts Council Collection in recent years:

Seizure, 2008/2013

With Seizure, 2008/2013, originally an Artangel / Jerwood commission, Roger Hiorns transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals. The immersive work, which first opened to the public in autumn 2008, was created using 75,000 litres of liquid copper sulphate which was pumped into the former council flat to create a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of the abandoned dwelling. “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, 2008/2013 was subsequently transported to YSP and is the subject of a 10-year loan agreement. The work is presented within a purpose-built and critically acclaimed concrete structure designed by Adam Khan Architects; Khan received a RIBA National Award for the structure in 2014.

Seizure, 2008/2013 is open to the public on weekends and school holidays. Please visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website for further information and to plan your visit. A range of merchandise and a special limited edition - Untitled 2013 - by the artist are also available for purchase through the YSP Shop.

The video below documents the transportation of Seizure, 2008/2013 from London to Yorkshire and features interviews with Roger Hiorns and Adam Khan.


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


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



Untitled, 2010

Untitled consists of two decommissioned aircraft engines, which were once part of military surveillance planes. As with previous works, Roger Hiorns has explored further his interest in machine forms, and has subjected the engines to material alteration. In Untitled, the artist has incorporated into the engines crushed forms of three pharmaceuticals - Effexor, Citalogram and Mannitol - which are used to treat trauma and depression. In doing so, Hiorns makes reference to their creation and alleviation of anxiety on both a national and personal level, addressing the connection between global security and individual well being. Untitled was originally commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Untitled is available for short and long-term loan to indoor or outdoor contexts. The work has previously been displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, and Firstsite, Colchester.  

Watch the video below to see the engines installed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 

Roger Hiorns, Untitled 2010, EC-135c aircraft engines, Effexor, Citalopram and Mannitol, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Gift of the artist and Corvi Mora, London. Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.

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