About the project

Break Down
Michael Landy
February 2001
Former C&A store, Oxford Street, London W1

Michael Landy made an inventory of everything he owned. Every item of furniture, every book, every piece of food, every cat toy... The list took three years to complete and it contained 7,227 items. Then, with the help of a large, bespoke machine and an overall-clad team of operatives, he set about destroying it all. After two weeks nothing but shredded or granulated material remained.

Break Down was presented in the former C&A department store on Oxford Street. In this recently closed shoppers' paradise, Landy's consumer nightmare was displayed during a fourteen day period of systematic de-construction.

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