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HOT: The Pool, NGV Australia, Federation Square

HOT: The Pool, NGV Australia, Federation Square

The Pool is an immersive art and architectural installation on the ground floor of the Ian Potter Centre at National Gallery of Victoria.

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The installation explores the meaning of pools in Australia’s lifestyle, landscape and cultural story-telling. Visitors are invited to dip their feet into the shallow pool – it’s more a wading pool so don’t expect an Olympic-sized 50m experience! Or you can admire the water from the surrounding the bleachers, wooden decking and deck chairs.

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Make sure you take a deep breath as a scent has been especially designed to enhance the installation.

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After experiencing the space around and inside the pool, visit the gallery behind the installation. The exhibition reflects on aquatic life with a social, political and cultural lens.

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You can hear and read stories from personalities such as Ian Thorpe, Christos Tsiolkas and Paul Kelly.

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This summer sit on poolside and reflect on one of Australia’s major cultural icons. Note that children under the age of 5 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult and children under 10 years have to be supervise

HOT Tips:

  • Take a small towel if you expect to go into the water;
  • Pool is approximately 30cm deep (knee height for an adult) so no need to change into bathers;
  • Nearest bathrooms are outside the exhibition space; and
  • children under the age of 5 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult and children under 10 years have to be supervised.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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