We all love mirrors – they reflect our personalities as we peer and preen in front of them. And then, mirrors can tell a different story – think of the Halls of Mirrors in funfairs that cause such humour as they twist and distort their viewers. And.o f course, there is the story of Snow White and the evil Queen….
Drivers of cars do not understand how much the mirrors above the windscreen and on the wings adjust the truth for reasons of safety. They make things appear much nearer than they really are, which has its plus side but also minus sides, and gradually they are being replaced with digital parking guides.
The new redevelopment of the Royal Academy means that they can add a variety of displays that they could have never have done before. Debora Delmar and Sung Tieu are two students from the Royal Academy Schools and have now taken over one of the central spaces with their exhibition ‘Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear’ where dozens of wing mirrors from cars reflect artworks and architecture in totally unpredictable ways – all fascinating and great fun.