Now, this is a story all about how a house got flipped, turned upside down. We’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, we’ll tell you how a house in Blackfriars became the Prince of Bel-air.
No, wait, sorry, not the Prince of Bel-air. But, in a move doubtlessly inspired by Will Smith’s most famous words, the façade of a building on Blackfriars Road has been spun on its head by artist Alex Chinneck. Every tiny detail is inverted, from the lace curtains to the antenna and the bricks (who knew bricks had a right way up?).
This isn’t the first time Chinneck has wreaked architectural havoc, having previously made a wall of melting bricks and a house that looks like it’s slipping into the road in Margate. But after two months of work, this is definitely his most ambitious project. That is until he decides to tie-dye the Shard or turn Westminster Abbey inside out.
The house is due to be demolished to make way for flats and offices within a year, but until then London’s going to be even more topsy turvy than normal. Eddy Frankel
Alex Chinneck – Miner on the Moon (Upside Down House) is part of the Merge Festival‘s BANKSIDE TRANSFORMED project.