Richard Wilson – Turning The Place Over.
“Turning the Place Over consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.
The ovoid section of facade is then mounted on a central spindle, aligned on a specific angle to the building. When at rest, the ovoid section of facade would fit flush into the rest of the building. The angled spindle is, however, placed on a set of powerful motorised industrial rollers and wil rotate. As it rotates, the facade not only becomes completely inverted, but will also oscillate into the building and out into the street, revealing the interior of the building and only being flush with the building at one point during its rotation.
This astonishing feat of engineering will stun audiences on many levels. Disturbing and disorientating from a distance, from close-up passers-by have a thrilling experience as the building rotates above them.”
Description from here.
After searching around, it turns out he also made the amazing piece 20:50 – a room half filled with sump oil which you can walk into, which was at the Saatchi Gallery.
The Saatchi Collection, London © Courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London
Photo: Edward Woodman
Photograph: Linda Nylind
Good article from the artist’s perspective here
And also ‘Slice of Reality’: