21 August 2017
Visitors are invited to dip their feet in the blue water of The Pool, a shimmering new installation at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia celebrating one of Australia’s greatest cultural symbols.
An 11 metre-long architectural sculpture combining water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is also an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs.
The installation includes a series of eight ‘lanes’ that present audio excerpts from eight prominent Australian figures who share their personal stories to further reveal the relationship between the pool, its architecture and Australian cultural identity: Olympic gold medal winning swimmers Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould; environmentalist and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance Was Born; author of The Slap and Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas; winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Prize Anna Funder; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins and musician Paul Kelly.
Visitors to the exhibition are invited to dangle their legs in the water or lay on the deck chairs, and consider the complex connections between landscape, culture and architecture.
The Pool makes its Australia premiere at the NGV following a successful showing at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale where it received more than 100,000 visitors.
The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from 18 August 2017 to February 2018. Entry is free.