Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

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Leandro Erlich: Dalston House

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Oh my goodness, where are the parents? Fear not, fretful readers. The pictures you're about to click through are mere optical illusions from the mind of Argentine artist Leandro Erlich.

Erlich's illusion, called "Dalston House," consists of a gigantic home facade and an equally large mirror. It can be hard to grasp what's going on at first (it took us a while, anyway), so here's the scoop. On the ground is a huge facade that looks like the front of a home (note that Erlich even went so far as to create fake interiors in the windows). At one end of the facade is a gigantic mirror set at a 45-degree angle.

Kids (or anyone who wants to act like a kid) are then invited to lie down on the facade and pretend gravity does not apply to them. They could be walking up a wall. Or skateboarding on a ledge. Because in the mirror, that's exactly what it looks like.

The work is a new commission by Barbican Art Gallery, part of Beyond Barbican.

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