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UK Artist Suspends Vauxhall Corsa 15 Feet Above Ground

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Alex Chinneck

Alex Chinneck and his piece, “Pick yourself up and pull yourself together”
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Vauxhall Motors reached out to artist Alex Chinneck and commissioned him for an art installation in London. The only condition: he had to incorporate the new Corsa supermini. The resulting piece—called “Pick yourself up and pull yourself together”—took the Corsa and turned it upside-down. Literally.

To achieve the effect, Chinneck peeled back about 15 meters of tarmac and suspended the Corsa about 15 feet above the ground. It was kept on display until February 25th in Southbank Center Car Park, which is located beside The London Eye.

Alex Chinneck

“I see sculpture as the physical reinterpretation of the material world around us and so by introducing fictional narratives into familiar scenarios, I try to make everyday situations as extraordinary as they can be,” said Chinneck. “I choose to do this through illusions because I think there is something both optimistic and captivating about defying the realms of possibility.

“With an effortlessly curling road I hoped to transcend the material nature of tarmac and stone, giving these typically inflexible materials an apparent fluidity,” Chinneck added. “Vauxhall Motors allowed me a great amount of creative freedom and this collaboration offered my studio an exciting platform to explore new areas of engineering and fabrication.”