Officially opening its doors on Saturday, February 27th,but available to visit now, is Funky Junk, a collaborative environment t between Carmsie Melodie, FreeWee Ling, ElizabethWallington Resident and Dusty Canning at LEA 22.
Described as “a whimsical, post apocalyptic mini-world where trash, waste, bent and broken stuff are truly treasured. Everything at Funky Junk is made of, or contains, remnant ‘artyfacts’ from the human species that once lived there,” Funky Junk presents a strange environment wherein the stranger creatures have come up with some ingenious methods of farming and manufacturing goods based on the civilisation which preceded them. They also have some decidedly questionable approaches to construction, as visitors will note when touring!
As might be guessed from the description, this is a place where humour very much plays a role in things; it’s also a place where touch and listen is very much the order of the day, as interactive elements are to be found everywhere. The humour can be found at various locations, such as in the toilet paper orchard, where trees blossom with loo rolls, nurtured by grey water obtained by recycling used loo rolls, or in the garden centre, where efforts to grow household plants seem to have been strongly influenced by The Little Shop of Horrors.
This is also a place with a bewildering number of points of interest, So much so that the local blogger, Rusty Steele, keeper of the records at Funky Junk, hit upon the idea of producing a map to help visitors find their way around. Copies of this can also be obtained from the billboard not far from the tunnel arrivals must walk through from the landing point.
Funky Junk will be hosting events and entertainment throughout its run, including weekly dances (Wednesdays and Saturdays) at the club located atop a high rocky plateau towards the middle of the installation. There will also be light shows, sim tours, and hunts. Right now, the creative team are seeking performers, DJs; if you’re interested, you can apply via the website.
All told, this is a curious installation; quirky, with a lopsided charm about it, supported by a light-hearted website / blog. If you’re interested in joining in with events held there after the official opening, keep an eye on the Funky Junk events page.