Through the empty display windows of the former C&A department store, shoppers observed an eleven-strong team in blue overalls systematically destroy everything Landy owned over the course of two weeks (10-24 February 2001). All 7,227 items were labelled and catalogued on a database, then passed down 100 metres of conveyor belt to be reduced to their basic materials on a disassembly line.
The British Council– Quote from The British Council website.
Before Michael Landy destroyed his possessions, he spent three years making a list of them. The full inventory contained 7,227 entries, split into the following ten categories:
Artangel – Michael Landy’s Inventory
Until fifteen minutes before the end, his stereo system was used to provide a musical accompaniment, and presumably to allow him a last listen to his records, tapes and CDs before they were crushed. The last music played before his stereo was consumed was a David Bowie compilation.
Leo Walford– Art Critical
A London installation artist is reducing every possession he has to dust on as part of an exhbition called Break Down.
BBC News– Quote from the BBC News website.
Moreover, as a performance, Break Down became about shared experience, attracting 45,000 visitors and outbursts of concern, moral outrage, hero-worship.
The British Council – Quote from The British Council website.