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ART BREAK; I'm smashing up all my worldly goods.


ARTIST Michael Landy will today watch while all his possessions are put on a conveyor belt and smashed to pieces in a snub at consumerism.

Michael, 37, has spent a year making an inventory of his 7,006 worldly goods from his Saab 900 car to odd socks and pieces by award-winning artists Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

By the time his installation art project called Break Down is finished all he will have left will be his cat Rats and girlfriend, Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing.

Michael said: "It's about the amount of raw material that goes into making objects and about the lifespan of things. The title also reflects emotional break down."

He added: "I see this as the ultimate consumer choice. Once Break Down has finished, a more personal break down, will commence - life without my self-defining belongings."

For two weeks, 10 people will go about systemically shredding his things at the old C & A flagship store in London's Oxford Street until only dust is left.


DEMOLITION: Michael with girlfriend Gillian
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2001
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