“Destined to be remembered as one of the truly worthwhile and significant moments of modern British art
” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian), 151-189 Harper Road, near Elephant & Castle became a site of pilgrimage, with thousands of people making their way across the capital to the anonymous council flat. The exhibit closed to the public in January 2010.
Faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation. The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out of the building using hydraulic jacks and craned onto the back of a low loader. Seizure
was subsequently transported to YSP and is the subject of a 10-year loan agreement between the Arts Council Collection and YSP, where it is presented within an award-winning
concrete structure, commissioned from Adam Khan Architects, near the YSP Bothy Garden.
Roger Hiorns (b. 1975 in Birmingham) is a London-based artist with an international reputation. Hiorns works with dominant cultural objects and situations. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, and has a number of works in public collections across the country including the Arts Council Collection and Tate. Internationally his work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
*Seizure is open at weekends and daily during bank and school holidays (based on Wakefield term times).
Guidance for visiting Seizure:
- Only five people may view the art work at any one time; please follow instruction from YSP staff
- Regrettably, due to the nature of the art work, pushchair and wheelchair users have access to the threshold only
- Overshoes must be placed over existing footwear before entering the art work. Please return overshoes to YSP staff after use
- Large bags and rucksacks are not permitted within the art work. YSP accepts no responsibility for items left in the threshold area
- Take care when entering and leaving the art work: there is a step
- Walk slowly and carefully: the floor is uneven
- Mind your head: surfaces are sharp and crystals hang down from the ceiling
- Do not touch any of the surfaces: gloves are available to offer protection should you fall
- Do not climb or sit on any of the surfaces
- In the unlikely event of an emergency please follow the instructions from YSP staff