Defying Logic and Gravity: The Art of Facilitation with Alex Chinneck

Episode 8 & 9

2/28/20242 min read

In this in-depth discussion, renowned artist and sculptor Alex Chinneck delves into his evolution as a creative practitioner, from his time at the Chelsea College of Art to his globally recognized large-scale installations. Chinneck shares his perspectives on public art, the creative process, and the evolution of his career.

In this episode we will hear:

  • Exactly how Alex bootstrapped huge projects into an overnight success

  • Why he suffered from severe burnout and what changes had to be made in his process

  • About the importance of facilitation over fabrication

  • His experiences working with a wide variety of materials and processes, shedding light on the differing challenges of permanent and temporary public art projects

  • About the collaborators whose role has been instrumental in realizing Chinneck’s ambitious vision

  • The highlights of his career

Alex Chinneck (1984) is based in Kent, UK. Go check out his work on his website and follow him on Instagram:

Where to see Alex's permanent public sculptures:

• The inverted pylon A Bullet From A Shooting Star on Ordnance Crescent, Greenwich peninsula, London.

• The cracked facade titled Six Pins And Half A Dozen Needles at 77 Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith, London.

• The exploding staircase A Spring in Your Step in Circus Street, Brighton.

• Series of Group Hug sculptures on buildings in Nancy, France.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Chelsea College of Arts: | @unioftheartslondon/

Tate Britain: | @tate

Conrad Shawcross: | @conradshawcross

David Murphy: | @_davidmurphystudio/

Ibstock Brick: | @ibstock.official/

Smith And Wallwork Engineers: | @smithandwallwork/

English Heritage: | @englishheritage

Arts Council England: | @aceagrams

Frank Gehry:

Rachel Whiteread: | @rachelwhitereadofficial

Richard Wilson:

Gordon Matta-Clark:

Covent Garden: | @coventgardenldn

Illuminate Productions: | @illuminating_arts

The Darent Wax Company: |

Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future: | Watch here:

Alan Yentob: | @ayentob1

Millimetre: | @millimetremakes

Milan Design Week: | @isaloniofficial 
Anish Kapoor: | @dirty_corner
Antony Gormley: 
Richard Serra:
Michael Heizer:
Thom Yorke: | @thomyorke
Richard Nutborne Scenic Studio: | @rnscenicstudio

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