In January 2010, two years after opening, Roger Hiorn's Seizure closed its doors to the public. The block of late-modernist flats in London's Elephant & Castle was scheduled for demolition and so, by January 2011, just weeks before deconstruction of the estate would begin, Hiorns made the decision to preserve the cobalt-encrusted council flat.
By February of that year, following an extraordinary logistical extraction of the sculpture in its entirety, Seizure was aquired by the Arts Council Collection. Thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, and with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation, the piece was subsequently transported to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (subject to a ten-year loan agreement). Since June 2013, the sculpture has been installed at the park in a purpose-built, award-winning concrete structure, designed by Adam Khan Architects.
Image: Copper sulphate crystal detail, Roger Hiorns, Seizure (2008). Photograph: Marcus Leith
Seizure is open at weekends and daily during bank and school holidays (based on Wakefield term times).
Roger Hiorns has developed a singular body of work over the past decade. He introduces unusual materials to found objects and urban situations to create surprising new forms. Born in Birmingham in 1975 and now based in London, Hiorns has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries in Europe including at: Art Now at Tate Britain, London (2003), UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003), Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (2006), Glittering Ground, Camden Arts Centre, London (2007), as part of the British Art Show 6 (2005), Destroy Athens 1st Athens Biennial, Athens (2007) and A Life Of Their Own, Lismore Castle Arts, Co Waterford, Ireland, (2008). Hiorns was shortlisted for the 2009 Turner Prize.