UK artist to document real life property "crash"

Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:10am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A British artist has bought a clifftop house in northern England in order to document its expected collapse into the sea as a work of art.

Kane Cunningham, a landscape painter, bought the house at Knipe Point near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, for 3,000 pounds ($4,770) and plans to install cameras in its rooms to film the ultimate property crash, British media reported.

Cunningham, 48, head of the fine art degree course at Yorkshire Coast College, said the house symbolised "lost dreams, financial disaster and threatening sea levels."

"People might ask 'can a house that is about to fall into the sea be a work of art?' I say it can," the Times newspaper quoted him as saying.

The artist is using the bungalow as a studio and has completed two paintings of the property and the view over Cayton Bay below as part of the work entitled: "Last Post."

Cunningham is hoping that local artists, poets and musicians will brave the unsteady ground and come up with ideas about how the project could develop.

Members of the public are also invited to send letters, which will be pinned to the wall as part of the work, then destroyed as it disappears.

Visitors are warned: "This little house is feet away from the edge of the cliff -- it can go at any moment."

Cunningham plans to put together a series of paintings, photographs and video footage to be exhibited at Scarborough Art Gallery in October.

"It's global recession and global warming encapsulated," he said.

(Reporting by Paul Casciato; Editing by Steve Addison)