The former Royal Mail delivery office in Nine Elms is opening to the public to show two art installations free of charge.
Wandsworth Council has secured 12 days of public access to the disused depot hidden behind the US Embassy off Nine Elms Lane for the art installations until 26th January.
The two installation in the Mail Centre Takeover - 'The Actual Reality Arcade' and 'Of All The People In All The World' - invite audiences of all ages to take part in life-size retro games, becoming Pac-Man or building Tetris walls, or take a step back to consider the reality of global statistics through mounds of rice.
The Actual Reality Arcade
The Actual Reality Arcade is a life-sized interactive zone inspired by ten classic arcade games where you play for real. Dodge barrels and lasers, build Tetris walls, shoot aliens and become Pac-Man.
Designed by Matthew Harrison, it has toured to over 60 festivals in the UK and abroad and is physical fun for all ages. Matthew is a multi-disciplinary artist creating work that combines traditional hands-on techniques with modern technology.
Over the past 15 years, he has worked with people of all ages in a variety of spaces, including prisons, museums, schools and festivals.
Of All The People In All The World
Using several tonnes of rice, Of All The People In All The World by theatre company, Stan’s Cafe makes otherwise obscure global statistics tangible, offering a grain of truth about our planet: every grain of rice represents someone, somewhere.
For the 2020 edition in Nine Elms, in acknowledgement of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing and in response to the venue’s proximity to the US Embassy, Stan’s Cafe will feature statistics that shed light on the relationship between the US and the UK, using 6.7 tonnes of rice to represent the combined populations of the two countries.
For More information and opening times visit the Nine Elms website
The exhibition ends on the 26th January.
Former Royal Mail Delivery Office, Malthouse Road (off Ponton Road), Nine Elms SW8 5DD
Wed – Fri
: 2:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat – Sun
Reality Arcade open: 10am – 4pm
Of All The People open: 12pm – 6pm
Closed Mon 20 & Tue 21 January
Photo: Nine Elms - Play life-size games at Actual Reality Arcade