GNV is building a pink pond for summer 2021
Victoria, you’ve heard of Pink Lakes and Pink Cliffs, but this could be Melbourne’s first Pink Pond. This summer, the GNV unveils a pink pond in the Grollo Equiset garden (the gallery’s sculpture garden). The reddening body of water, titled ‘pond[er]’is the work of the winner of the NGV 2021 Architectural Commission, and will be designed and produced by architectural firm Taylor Knights and artist James Carey.
Unsurprisingly, the pond is inspired by the pink salt lakes of Australia, but also draws inspiration from the original architectural designs of NGV International. In addition to the large pink water pool, the pond[er]’also features native Victorian wildflower beds that will bloom at various stages throughout the installation’s tenure. It is also sustainable, with the installation materials having to be purchased or manufactured locally and then distributed to Landcare, indigenous and community groups for later use after uninstallation.
NGV Director Tony Ellwood said: “Through an elegant interplay of architectural and landscape elements, this work draws our attention to the challenges facing Australia’s many watersheds and river systems, while ensuring that the design itself has minimal environmental impact considering the future life cycle of the materials used. “
If you are anything like us you are probably thinking “can I jump in the pond?” The answer to this is yes, yes you can. Once installed, visitors to the pond[er]’will be able to walk along a series of accessible walkways and platforms to explore the work and even dip their feet in the pink pool itself.
The pink GNV pond is expected to be on display from November 2021 to April 2022.
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