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‘Ethereal light pours through each opening, filling the space with colour and filling the work with a sense of positivity and potential,’ says British sculptor and architectural illusionist Alex
Chinneck of his 2019 work, A Spoonful of Sunrise. The ‘unzipped’ facade of a factory building in Milan reveals what he calls an ‘infinite, bright and positive light’. The illusion is carried into
the building by similarly unzipping and illuminating a wall and a floor. The site-specific installation, sponsored by Philip Morris, was part of Fuorisalone, a set of events throughout the city
coinciding with this year’s Salone del Mobile design fest. The work is a metaphor for transformation. ‘ Through the repeated use of the zipper, we have opened up the fabric of a seemingly
historic Milanese building to playfully reimagine what lies behind its facade, floors and walls,’ says Chinneck. The artwork represents new territory for Chinneck in combining abstract
colour and illumination. Unlike previous public artworks, which have included apparently levitating the top of a building in London’s Covent Garden and making facades appear to slip off
buildings, the inclusion of light as one of the elements in the piece extended the illusion and its full effect into the night.