Cupid’s Koi Garden | Adelaide Festival | Mount Barker | 9-14 Mar 2022

Cupid’s Koi Garden

The world’s first inflatable fountain is brought to you by ENESS, the creators of Airship Orchestra, a hit of Illuminate Adelaide.

You’re cruising past familiar hardware shops and fast-food outlets when suddenly, wha…? A gigantic cupid surrounded by 10 oversized goldfish in mock terrazzo ponds? Have the good burghers of Mount Barker District Council gone mad? Have they commissioned some folly to trump Tailem Bend’s rhino or Kingston’s cray?

No, they’ve partnered with the Adelaide Festival to delight the community. You might remember how nice it felt on a cold winter’s night to be crooned to by lullingly benign aliens. Well, this five-metre-high cherub may also boast cute LED eyes and an interactive soundtrack, but he’s prone to squirting you with jets of water – and on a scorching summer afternoon that’s nothing to whinge about.

ENESS are an Australian collective who make truly wonderful things. Since 1997, this group of artists, musicians, software engineers, industrial designers and thinkers have entranced children and adults from museums of modern art to the streets of Mumbai. They call themselves ‘Happiness Architects’ and their aim is to change public space by introducing unexpected artworks that forge deeper moments between friends, family and enable strangers to meet and find common ground. 

The knavish lad is holding court for six fun-filled days only. Pack the kids in the car and zip up to Mount Barker.

Note: The installation includes small wading pools with approx. 10cm water feature in the installation. Children must be supervised at all times. Characters will also squirt water. 

The installation is FREE to view. 

Opening Times:

Wednesday 9 March – Monday 14 March 2022 from 10am – 10pm daily.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website.

What:   Cupid’s Koi Garden

When:    Wednesday 9 – Monday 14 March 2022 | 10am – 10pm

Where: Keith Stephenson Park | Adelaide Road, Mount Barker

Who:   Everyone 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: ENESS via the Adelaide Festival website 

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