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Review: Defying Gravity at Dalston House

Monday 08 July 2013

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Words Alice Bell

Yesterday we got the chance to check out the much talked about Dalston House – a visual illusion installation in the heart of London’s Dalston.

Commissioned by the Barbican, this interactive illusion takes the form of a facade of a Victorian house common in the area, built horizontally on the ground. Users are invited to walk, crawl and sit on it, at the same time watching their reflection seemingly do the same on the front of a vertical house.


The illusion works extremely well. Even the one hour wait (well, it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon) was entertaining as you can watch other users interact with the art as you queue.

Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area, but as it’s free arrive early to avoid the queues!

Dalston House is open until 4 August 2013 at 1-7 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL.