A Pound of Flesh for 50p

A Pound of Flesh for 50p, also known as Melting House, was a temporary outdoor sculpture by artist Alex Chinneck, located in London, United Kingdom. Part of the city's Merge Festival, the two-story house sculpture was constructed from 8,000 paraffin wax bricks and it was designed to melt with assistance from a heating apparatus over the course of the installation.[1] It was displayed from September 26 to November 18, 2014, at 40 Southwark Street, SE1 9HP,[2] the structure's roof being gradually lowered as the wax melted. After it had been reduced to "a pile of hardened goo", the sculpture was removed.[3]

A Pound of Flesh for 50p
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The sculpture on November 8
ArtistAlex Chinneck
Year2014 (2014)
MediumParaffin wax
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′17″N 0°05′37″W / 51.5046°N 0.0936°W / 51.5046; -0.0936Coordinates: 51°30′17″N 0°05′37″W / 51.5046°N 0.0936°W / 51.5046; -0.0936

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  1. ^ Weingus, Leigh (30 October 2014). "This Creepy Wax House Is Slowly Melting to the Ground in the Middle of London". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Alex Chinneck – A Pound of Flesh for 50p (The Melting House)". Merge Festival. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ Alleyne, Allyssia (25 November 2014). "Strange case of the melting house: Alex Chinneck's mind-bending buildings". CNN. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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