Dalston House: Bewilder your senses in East London
Visitors to London can experience one of the most mind-boggling visual illusions in the world at Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House, which runs up to August 4th.
The internationally renowned Argentine artist famous for his three dimensional works that baffle people’s sense was commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in the East London neighbourhood of Dalston.
He created a theatre set-like façade of a Victorian terraced house that used to stand in the area, but built horizontally on the ground. Using a carefully placed diagonal mirror overhead, people can stand upon the building and look up at their reflection where it gives the impression they are standing on the building vertically.
People can then create remarkable looking tableaus by lying down and crawling along the floor the house, which makes it look like they are scaling the building vertically, or clinging on to a ledge to give the impression they are hanging off it.
When and where:
Dalston House can be found in a vacant lot on Ashwin Street on the doorstep of the Dalston Kingsland Overground stop. It is free to visit and will be open 11:00 to 18:00 BST Monday to Wednesday, 11:00 to 20:00 BST Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 to 20:00 BST Saturday and Sunday.
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Accompanying the exhibition will be talks, workshops and live performances that will look into themes that Dalston House represents, such as architectural history, urbanism and perception.
Hotels near Dalston House
You can find plenty of cheap London hotels close to Dalston House. Slight east you will find plenty of London accommodation in Hackney, while heading closer to the city centre to the west there are places to stay in the hip area of Shoreditch.
Alexander Fleming House is a great budget place to stay – halls of residence for the University of Westminster that are available to the general public over the summer. The Dictionary House, meanwhile, is a small nine-room hostel on the Kingsland Road. Both are close to the up-and-coming area’s bars and restaurants, and you can even go for some retail therapy at the trendy Box Park shopping centre.
Slightly nearer Dalston House is the City Inn Express in Hackney, a two-star hotel close to London Fields, a wonderful East London park.
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