<em>Edit Event</em> Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness

Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness

8, 10 & 11 May 12:00 – 18:00
12 May 10:00 – 13:00

Booking Details

Booking not necessary, free
1 Riverlight Quay
Nine Elms Lane

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This summer, artist/designer Yinka Ilori’s first public realm artwork, Happy Street – commissioned by Wandsworth Council in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture – will transform the railway bridge on Thessaly Road in Nine Elms.

In anticipation of the bridge’s makeover, Types of Happiness is a new solo exhibition by artist Yinka Ilori, inspired by the 16 different types of happiness incorporated into his Happy Street bridge artwork. A rollercoaster of emotions is expressed through the colours and patterns carefully painted on each of his bespoke chairs. Each unique piece of furniture is intended to evoke a different type of emotion or feeling. Visitors are encouraged to look beneath each chair to discover the type of happiness which inspired its creation.

The exhibition also features a scale model of the bridge design and a large-scale drawing of Happy Street, coloured in by Ilori and members of the local Nine Elms community.

London-based artist Yinka Ilori specialises in telling stories through furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.

Photo credit: 
Wandsworth Council

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