Sydney Festival’s House of Mirrors is a fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors, magnified to terrifying dimensions. Stumble your way around thousands of disorientating optical illusions and lose yourself in some bewildering reflections. There is only one way into the House of Mirrors. Getting out is an art.
This open-air version of the amusement park classic is configured to disorientate, using oblique corridors of large full-length, four-meter high mirrors to produce multiple reflections and trick the perception of participants. Mirrors are arranged in combinations of varying acute angles to create specific effects, including the illusion of being able to see other people in the maze, but not yourself. At other times, that illusion is reversed.
The walkthrough installation was created by the founder of Creative Production Services, production and event designer Christian Wagstaff with Keith Courtney. It eschews special effects and projections, relying on 400 square meters of silver glass mirror to create pure optical illusion.
HYDE PARK NORTH
(ENTRY NEAR ARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN)
6–29 JANUARY FROM 4.30PM – 11PM