Row row row your boat, life is but a dream.
Dreamt up by director Jules Wright, the boiler room of Wapping’s hydraulic power station was flooded by a team of firemen back in March. Encased in darkness, the only light source burns from an illuminated bodice descending from Yohji Yamamoto’s mighty silk wedding dress, hanging upside-down from the ceiling. Conceived earlier this year to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary, the installation formed one component of a Yamamoto city takeover in conjunction with a major retrospective at the V&A. As a burly boatman rows you around the space and your troubles melt into the serenity, the power and peace of Yamamoto and oriental influences of the installation overwhelm. Reminiscent of Disneyland’s It’s A Small World boat ride, but for the artistically discerning over 12s, Making Waves is London’s entry point to another world.
Hop to it, it’s your last chance to experience Making Waves, the installation closes 14th August.