Euroformâ€™s Versapanel cement particle board is currently being incorporated into a major work of art by London-based artist Alex Chinneck. The sculpture entitled â€˜Miner on the Moonâ€™ is unlike any other project Euroform have ever been involved in, as the buildingâ€™s faÃ§ade is to be turned upside-down. Built in 1780, the site on Blackfriars Road, London, was originally used as livery stables and later as a pawnbrokerâ€™s premises but it has been largely abandoned in recent decades.
Versapanel is to be fitted to the building substrate and will be clad with real-brick slips, similar to Euroformâ€™s EZ-Wall. Versapanel was selected due to its comprehensive testing, ensuring Class â€˜Oâ€™ fire resistance and rot-, moisture-, frost- and impact-resistance. Versapanel is a tried, tested and trusted board that takes the unpredictable British weather in its stride, having been used in such extreme conditions as sub-Arctic Norway and the intense humidity of tropical Saint Lucia.
The adaptable nature of Versapanel cement particle board means it can be used in a wide range of applications â€” steel frame systems, timber frame systems, EWI systems, as well as in acoustic floors, ceiling and roofs. Weâ€™ll need to check our Previous Projects file, but weâ€™re pretty sure this is the first time that Versapanel has been used as the main structural component in a work of modern installation art!
This project will be on-going through the Merge Art, Music and Performance Festival with completion scheduled for late October.
About Alex Chinneck
Alex Chinneck is a London-based sculptor and designer, a graduate of the Chelsea College of Art & Design. He is currently the Creative Director of The Sculpture House, a platform that enables emerging artists to produce innovative items of furniture.
Alexâ€™s previous building-related projects include, â€˜Telling the Truth Through False Teethâ€™ in which 312 identically broken windows were installed in the faÃƒÂ§ade of a derelict factory in London. In total, 1,248 pieces of glass were used. Last year, a piece entitled â€˜From the Knees Of My Nose to the Belly of My Toesâ€™, in which the faÃƒÂ§ade of a building in Margate appeared to have slid down, gathering in the front yard and exposing the derelict upper story, attracted a great deal of praise.