Mike Nelson: The Coral Reef

An installation that invites visitors to explore a parallel world

Hidden behind an unassuming door in a corner of Tate Britain, Mike Nelson's Coral Reef installation invited visitors to explore a parallel world.

It's a claustrophobic construction of rooms and narrow corridors, each with a hint of life but decaying in front of your eyes. The sprawling work was first shown in 2000 at Matt's Gallery in London, and is now part of Tate's collection.

In this interview the artist explains the ideas and ideologies behind the work, and tells us why he wants the spectator to feel 'lost in a world of lost people'.

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