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In pictures: work starts on hovering Covent Garden 'illusion'

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Construction has begun on a ‘hovering building’ in London’s Covent Garden, London designed by artist Alex Chinneck

The installation ‘Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal my Thunder’ will create the optical illusion that a section of the market building has lifted into the air.

According to the artist, who is known for his huge artworks, the newstructure will mimic ‘the scale, materials and detailing of the surrounding architecture’, including the 184-year-old Covent Garden Market building, the Piazza and Inigo Jones’ St Paul’s Church.

Chinneck said: ‘My objective is to create an accessible artwork that makes a harmonious but breath-taking contribution to its historic surroundings, leaving a lasting and positive impression upon the cultural landscape of Covent Garden and in the minds of its many visitors.’

He added: ‘The hovering building introduces contemporary art to traditional architecture, performing a magic trick of spectacular scale to present the everyday world in an extraordinary way.’

The installation will go on show at the East Piazza from 2 October.

The London-based artist had previously completed a ‘sliding’ brick house in Margate.

Alex Chinneck Covent Garden

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