Why is the pond at the National Gallery Victoria pink?

The pond at the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) is popping pink.

Toddlers have been making a splash and grown-ups have been dipping their feet into the bubble gum-hued body of water.

The large pink pond is actually the winning installation of the National Gallery Victoria’s 2021 Architecture Commission.

As its name ‘pond[er]’ suggests, the installation invites visitors to reflect on their relationship with the environment.

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Kids enjoying NGV Architecture Commission 2021 pond[er] by Taylor Knights and James Carey from 6 December 2021 to 28 August 2022 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Eugene Hyland

The piece was designed by a Melbourne-based team comprising of artist James Carey and architecture firm Taylor Knights.

It takes inspiration from Australia’s inland salt lakes including the Pink Salt Lakes of the Murray Sunset National Park.

The NGV invites visitors to take advantage of the pink pond and use it to cool down during the summer.

Pond[er] also features beds of Victorian wildflowers that bloom at different times throughout the installation. These seek to highlight the beauty and temporality of our natural ecology.

How to visit pond[er]

You will find the installation in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International.

It is open 10am to 5pm daily until 28 August 2022 and entry is free.

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