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Cooling House


Presented in Season 2 2018

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in association with Arts House

12pm – 4pm, Sat 1 Dec
12pm – 4pm, Sun 2 Dec
12pm – 4pm, Mon 3 Dec

Allow 30 mins
$10 – $15

Royal Botanic Gardens
Victoria, Melbourne Gardens


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Wheelchair accessible

What if mortality’s not the big drama anymore? What if it’s extinction? Punctum’s Public Cooling House takes big questions surrounding our ‘water future’ and turns them into an experience of serenity. In the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s Melbourne Gardens, a cooling house Attendant awaits, to guide you through a special cooling experience.

A unique dry-country approach to a chillout, the flat-pack Punctum’s Public Cooling House can be used in any shaded area as a way to beat the heat. All you need is airflow. Drawing from simple and ancient evaporative cooling techniques and including soothing cooling pools, Public Cooling House presents water works by exceptional artists, responding to how we might contend with heat waves, water scarcity and brown-outs.

Roll up your sleeves, skirts and slacks, slip off your socks and step inside. Get in up to your knees and splish-splash, kicking back in a cool place for a hot future.

2017 Green Room Award winner for Innovation in Participatory Performance, and Excellence in Production (for COMPLETE SMUT Art Auction).

Concept, Co-Designer & Director:
Jude Anderson
Design & Construction Coordinator:
Morwenna Schenck
Jacques Soddell

Briega Young, Josiah Lulham, and associates
Performances by:
Earworm, Nikki Edgar, Aviva Endean, Justin Marshall

Supported by – Punctum’s Public Cooling House was inspired by a commission from Arts House in 2017, presented as part of the Refuge project. It was further developed as part of Regional Centre of Culture in Castlemaine. Punctum’s Public Cooling House is presented in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by –Diana Domonkos