Inflamus Pavilion, a series of silicone balloons that float on the water's surface. The balloon structure is situated just from the land's edge, and is connected by a netted structure that one is to crawl across. The floating structure is designed for 3-4 people to occupy at one time.
Publicly pornographic and sexualised depictions are often cast as transgressive or deviant forms of expression. Over the past ten years the emergence of publically ‘pornified’ culture has prompted questions about more diverse sexual practices and point to interesting transgressive potentials in public space.
My research explores these themes of transgression, within a landscape of ‘natural’ eroticism - The Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. Ludo Naturalis speculates on playscapes for adults, where they are able to engage in sexual exploration within a public space. Exploring both architectural and artistic precedents that project liminal investigations into landscape, the erotic, spatial practice and sexual culture this project provides opportunities for curious observation and participation that aims to normalise sexual culture.
Ludo Naturalis contains ten provocations sprawled throughout the site of the gardens 34000 hectare site. These offer an alternative occupation of the traditional garden design. The transgressive site is activated in the cover of the night. At dusk the traditional program of the site recedes and Ludo Naturalis comes to life as an adult’s only playscape. The combined provocations experiment with the sexualised materials of leather, lace, latex and netting – with surprising connotation to desire and tactility. Ludo Naturalis acts as a suggestive and transgressive playscape within the public realm deviating from the dominant expectations of sexual expression in public life.
Specs Chamber, a faceted inverted dome with the top removed for connection to the landscape. The space is designed for a maximum of 8 people at one time, and experiments with the concept design of grottos. The contained space acts as a covering from external eyes, where users can relax, with ideas of floatation, and connect either with others, or themselves.
Clive, an elongated circular slide containing an 80m long journey. Within the slide, there are moments of faceted openings which allow the user to view their landscape, but also for this internal space to expand into the external. These openings allow for a spill of light, or a glow, that can transition from the closing of the traditional gardens to the transgressive gardens, at dusk.
Using the site of the Royal Botanical Gardens, 10 provocations are sprawled throughout the alternate site by night - Ludo Naturalis.
An evocative representation of the site during the day - and the site's traditional occupation
An evocative representation of the site of Ludo Naturalis - as the traditional occupation of the Botanical Gardens recedes and the adult's only playscape comes to life in the cover of the night.