Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

Last week I was walking from the bus stop to the designers Chris & Tibor’s studio in Dalston, when I took a short cut. As I marched on through I noticed something going on to my left, as crowds of people milled about on the pavement. So imagine my glee when I realised I had inadvertently arrived at Argentine artist Leandro Erlich’s Dalston House, a three-dimensional visual illusion installation that has been commissioned by the Barbican, and is running until the 04 August.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

Sited on a vacant lot on Ashwin Street, Erlich has designed and decorated the façade to resemble the houses that previously stood on the block. So what you see on first notice is the detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house.

When you take a second look you realise that that facade 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.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

I could have stayed for ages, watching everyone. One girl and her boyfriend had bought props, and everyone was busy camera-phoning themselves, as they found new and bizarre ways to appear as if they were crawling up the sides of the building.Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

I was there around 3pm and there was already quite a line – and the schools hadn’t broken up then, so if you want to participate, I suggest getting there very early during the week.

26 June 2013 – 4 August 2013
1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

Tickets: Free. Opening times: Mon–Wed: 11am– 6pm, Thu & Fri:11am–8pm, Sat & Sun: 10am–8pm

The Barbican recommend joining the queue at least one hour before closing time, although you may have to arrive earlier during busier periods. Follow @dalstonhouse for real time updates.

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I’m always drawn to art installations that are interactive. I can imagine that part of the attraction for this is the ability to people watch.



@Gem: Yes! That’s exactly it. I think I got far more enjoyment from watching people interact than I wld have done in taking part myself LLGxx


This is amazing, wish I could go, such a creative idea!


@Simona: I wasn’t sure when I read about it, but in reality it is brilliant! LLGxx


We made this video when we went to Dalston House. (It’s funny, check it out) It’s a great instillation. Very cool stuff.



@Little Red Hen Videos – Dalston: Thanks for the link! I’ll take a look LLGxx

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