On the fringes of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, a small cottage is seducing its visitors into an erotic experience of nature.The Ecosexual Bathhouse is spread across six rooms in the Domain House cottage, each with its own curated environment mixing ecological wonders with sexual fantasies.
Sinclair and Kronemyer created the "post-coital" space based on what they imagined could be the most sensual and intimate experience with nature."It would be nice if you could step back out into the real world a bit rosy-cheeked," Kronemyer said.
Its creators, artists Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair, said their concern for the future of the environment was at the core of their work."Maybe if we can encourage people to have an erotic engagement with the Earth, then we can encourage them to save it," Sinclair said."Sex sells." Audience members can walk through the cottage and engage with the installation however they are comfortable doing so, as long as it is safe and with consent.
To ensure so, finger-sized condoms are available for those who wish to fondle an orchid, and all visitors are inducted with a safe word: timber."We've created a space that is meant to function as a bit of a bathhouse environment — you can let go of your troubles, relax and enter a sensory world," Kronemyer said."We're trying to give people an opportunity to get to know their environment, maybe in a new way and maybe in a more romantic or erotic way."After passing some "bespoke eco-sex pornographic" magazines and stopping in the sauna room, the installation ends in the Divinity Room.
I got so turned on thinking about it and pretended to be mad. While we talked, I started rubbing his upper thigh to gauge his reaction.
When I didnt get an adverse response to my hand on his thigh, I moved it up a little to see if he was hard yet. He seemed apprehensive, but who wouldn't in his position.