The guardian reports on a group of squatters who have taken up residence in one of London’s poshest postcodes. The group – an art collective who call themselves Da! moved into the property a month ago and so far have heard nothing from the owners, although that may change after tonight when the group turn the house into an art installation – with mandatory opening party!
Behind the white pillars and imposing wooden door of the grade II-listed residence, the 30-plus rooms are now scattered with sleeping bags, grubby mattresses, rucksacks spilling over with clothes and endless half-finished art installations. While their neighbours’ walls are lined with priceless paintings, No 18 now exhibits a room full of tree branches and another with a pink baby bath above which dangle test tubes filled with capers. Spooky foetuses line one fireplace.
The group are seasoned squatters. Over the past few years, they have enjoyed some impressive central London addresses – including two on Kensington High Street. But their latest home is “by far the most grandiose”, said Stephanie Smith, 21, one of the group, under a chandelier in the downstairs drawing room.
…tonight the squat is hosting a party. From 7pm to 11pm, the Da! gang will be projecting images on to each of the 19 windows at the front of the squat. “It’s going to look like a doll’s house,” said Smith, “and there is going to be a harpist and a cellist and performance artists.”
If you want to get involved, head on down to 18 Upper Grosvenor Street tonight!