Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the architectural wonders of the East End’s Olympic Park. But that’s not where all the interest lies. Less than a mile from the action, local Hackney artist Alex Chinneck has found true beauty in the broken factory windows of an industrial wasteland and staged an artistic ‘intervention’ to transform a former cannabis factory into an amazing public art project.
Chinneck spent a gruelling four months removing the detritus of its former life – bags of soil, wiring, grow bags, water tanks, plant pots and heat lamps.
After clearing the site, Chinneck duplicated one of the smashed panes 312 times, then used it to replace each original factory window.
“There is something mesmerising about the way light catches a broken window pane, not only is the glass shattered but so is the reflection,” says Chinneck.
Fast becoming a ‘Hackney landmark’, the former factory, which is on the corner of Mare Street and Tudor Road, will soon be demolished, the work disappearing with it. So if you can’t make it to the 100 metres…
Title: Telling the Truth Through False Teeth
Artist: Alex Chinneck in association with Sumarria Lunn Gallery
Location: corner of Mare Street and Tudor Road, Hackney, E9 7FE
Installation on view: now until November 2012