House of Mirrors

Get lost in an optical illusion.
Sarah Ward
Published on February 26, 2018


When House of Mirrors arrived in Australia last year it immediately rocketed to the top of everyone's must-do list — attracting over 1.7 million people to catch a glance of their own distorted reflection. Created by Australian installation artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, it's exactly what it sounds like: a walkthrough space filled with reflective surfaces that will not only strands you in a maze of your own image, but turns your likeness into a kaleidoscope.

Now, eager Aucklanders will soon get the chance to wander through the disorienting, perception-altering, panic-inducing, optical illusion-based labyrinth for themselves.

From March 8–25, as part of Auckland Arts Festival, the mirror maze will take over Festival Playground in waterfront community space Silo Park for three weeks of reflective roaming, with the modern, minimalist twist on the fairground classic featuring 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of mirrors — and no added gimmicks, no special effects, no special lighting, no soundtrack or soundscape.

It will be the first time House of Mirrors has come to New Zealand.


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