Pop Drop: Go Play

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Sarah Rothwell

Every once in a while we all just need to do something fun. For five designers at Jasmax, their outlet was to produce two super-sized, bouncy water droplets, and in guerrilla tactics-style, place them on Auckland’s waterfront.

Pop Drop, an interactive installation, appeared in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter last month (22-28 May). The project was produced in association with Pop - an Auckland-based organisation whose aim is to create spectacles – legally - within the city.

Pop Drop was designed to bring a new sensory experience to the water’s edge – and to subtly challenge how we think about and engage with each other in public spaces within the city. Placed between the Waitematā and the industrial landscape of Silo Park, the team’s architecturally inspired concept offered the public an alternative experience in a familiar context.

Their narrative explains, “As a group of architects and architectural graduates, we sought to introduce qualities such as softness, intimacy, spontaneity, and play to the hard fabric of the city.”

Designed by Olivia Collinson, Jayne Kersten, Laura Cooke, Zee Shake Lee and Chris Jack from Jasmax, the idea for Pop Drop was submitted in late 2016, and the idea developed over time with Pop to make it a reality.

Pop Drop was delivered in collaboration with Pop and Alt Group, and supported by the Waitematā Local Board and Auckland Council.

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