London-based art-chitect Alex Chinneck has a “transformative art project,” the Melting House, a life-sized recreation of an old candle factory made out of paraffin wax bricks that he is slowly melting, brick by brick.
Built for the annual Merge Festival in Bankside, London, Chinneck used 8,000 paraffin wax bricks (cast in terrecota sand) to construct the two-story structure to the exact same scale as the original candle factory that was based there centuries ago.
The house will be on display for the duration of the art festival, 30 days. As the days go by, however, Chinneck will use a handheld heating apparatus to heat the bricks of the home, melting the wax according to the artist’s vision.
Eventually, the “brick” walls will be artfully transformed into a red waxy heap until the only thing left is the roof resting on top. (via Inhabit)