1. Tom Dale’s ‘Department of the Interior’
The 6.5m high black leatherette bouncy castle is coming to the Copperfield Gallery in SE1 on October 2. Inspired by the architecture of parliament and fabrics of BDSM, visitors are strictly forbidden to enter the inflatable but that’s all part of the power play. Duh.
2. William Forsythe’s ‘White Bouncy Castle’
An old classic, the ‘White Bouncy Castle’ was first shown at the Roundhouse in 1997 and was most recently exhibited in Berlin in 2013. Forsythe says that the bounciness of the giant inflatable encourages people to dance as soon as they step on – it choreographs its visitors.
3. Tomas Saraceno’s ‘On Space Time Foam’
In 2012 Argentinian artist Tomas Saracenon made a 1,200-square-metre bouncy castle out of thin clear film hanging in a Milanese gallery. The film only functions as a bouncy castle when there are people on it to separate the film into layers.
4. Jeremy Deller’s ‘Sacrilege’
Launched in Glasgow, Jeremy Deller’s stonehenge-shaped bouncy castle visited Greenwich in 2012. Made in collaboration with the company who invented the first bouncy castle, the work is described by Jeremy as a playful look at history.
5. Bompas & Parr’s ‘Funland’
And, of course, who can forget Bompas & Parr’s bouncy castle made of enormous inflatable boobs. It’s currently on show at New York City’s Museum Of Sex.
Read more about Tom Dale’s exhibition at the Copperfield Gallery.