Internationally known for his captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich (previously featured here and here) has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston.
Resembling a theatre set, the detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house – recalling those that once stood on the street – lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically.
Sited on a vacant lot on Ashwin Street, Erlich will design and decorate the façade to resemble the houses that previously stood on the block. Erlich’s installation will be accompanied by talks, workshops and live performances, exploring themes related to the project, including architectural history, urbanism, and perception, which will be developed in collaboration with local organisations (more info here).
Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House runs from June 26, 2013 – August 4, 2013 at 1-7 Ashwin STreet, Dalston, E8 3DL. Admission is free and the installation is open: Mon to Wed 11am – 6pm; Thu and Fri 11am – 8pm; Sat and Sun 10am – 8pm.
[Barbican via Yatzer and Domus]
Photograph by Gar Powell-Evans Courtesy of The Barbican