A large mirror creates the optical illusion of climbing on the walls at a display in the United Kingdom. (Courtesy: RTV/CBS)
At first glance, it would appear that members of the public are literally climbing the walls in East London. But looks can be deceiving as this is a new art installation called Dalston House that has been created on Ashwin Street in Hackney on a plot that has remained largely vacant since the Second World War.
So while children seem to be fulfilling their dreams of being Spider-man, it's, in fact, an optical illusion as they are in reality crawling on the ground with a large mirror positioned overhead at a 45 degree angle.
The piece, which resembles a 19th century town house, has been created by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich and was commissioned by London's Barbican Centre.
Elrich admits that this isn't your normal art installation. "It is quite strange because there is this huge mirror that reflects the facade, giving the appearance of being vertical allowing people to stroll in this very unusual and quite surreal experience," he said.
While most art installations require only to be looked at, this one particularly needs visitors, as the curator Alona Pardo explained. "Well in its most simplest terms it is very playful and highly participatory installation art and it really requires as you can see behind me, a lot of people interacting with it in order to animate it and to activate it. But also beyond that there are other ideas around perception, ways of seeing how we see, what we see, ideas of architecture and representation,. So it works on so many levels, but it is most certainly a very stimulating piece of installation art," she said.
The installation will be open to the public until August 4.
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