Purveyor of positivity, artist Camille Walala strikes again, this time in King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard, with a fantastical five-room installation pop-up, the House of Dots.
Launched to coincide with the release of a new 2D Lego range ‘Dots’, this free public art space invites small and not-so-small kids through its doors to celebrate creativity, self-expression and accessibility. Wander through its living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and finally a unique disco room (complete with tempting ball pit), every surface of which is clad in the artist’s signature tribal-pop style, rich with vibrant colour and bold geometric patterns. And, if you like to exit a place in style, you can even take the 8ft slide to ground level.
‘Over the 10 to 15 years since I’ve been making public art, I’ve seen the instant reaction of people who say it brightens their day, it’s like a quick fix of joy to make you smile – it’s easily done,’ says the French-born, London-based artist.
Known for her ambitious, large-scale interventions in public spaces around the globe, Walala uses the man-made landscape to convey her mood-lifting messages, with full-façade murals and street art featuring influences from the Memphis Movement, op-art master Victor Vasarely and the Ndebele tribe. A move into interior design and homewares has seen her portfolio expand over the years with clients including Harrods, Armani, Natuzzi, Nike, Darkroom and many more.
However, if you don’t get to make it to see this playful installation, which is only open until Sunday 2 February, you can always see some of her pieces installed in London’s South Molten Street, Mayfair. ‘Walala Lounge’ sees semi-permanent benches, planters and flags all clad in her colourful style along the length of the street.
Other recent projects include the transformation of a vintage 1950s petrol station in Fort Smith, Arkansas as well as the Salt of Palmar boutique hotel in Mauritius.
The House of Dots is at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London, until Sunday 2 February. Get free tickets here. The new Lego Dot range is available from 1 March including bracelets, photo cubes, pen holders, picture frames and bags, priced from £3.99.