Bompas & Parr’s Erotic Funhouse Comes to the Museum of Sex

Including a bouncy castle full of breasts and the Grope Mountain climbing wall.

Bompas & Parr, Jump for Joy (2014), part of
Bompas & Parr, Jump for Joy (2014), part of "Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground," at the Museum of Sex

As one might expect for an art exhibition hosted by New York’s Museum of Sex (MoSex), London-based conceptual artist duo Bompas & Parr have gotten a little R-rated with their installation “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground,” an erotic carnival featuring a bouncy castle lined with giant breasts, a genitalia rock climbing wall, and a house of mirrors leading to the elusive G-spot, reports the Huffington Post.

Opening today, June 26, the exhibition has a lighthearted silliness about it that is typical of Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, whose previous work, while largely child-friendly, has included a number of immersive environments that call on visitors to embrace all five of their senses. For instance, their Multisensory Fireworks (2013), paired each colorful explosion in the night sky with a cloud of fruity smoke.

Bompas & Parr, Jump for Joy (2014), part of "Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground," at the Museum of Sex, New York.

Bompas & Parr, Jump for Joy (2014), part of “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground,” at the Museum of Sex, New York.

At “Funland,” they’re offering MoSex visitors the opportunity to Jump for Joy in a pneumatic environment covered in large, perky breasts. Another interactive experience allows visitors to scale Grope Mountain, a climbing wall where the foot- and hand-holds are sex organs and other bodily appendages. There’s also an erotic take on that fairground favorite, The Tunnel of Love, which here becomes a mirrored maze leading to the fabled Gräfenberg spot, more commonly known as the G-spot.

Where most artworks stick to the old “see with your eyes, not with your hands” adage, “Funland” will encourage visitors to climb, bounce on, and otherwise touch the artwork. The show will be accompanied by what the exhibition press release calls “a custom carnival soundscape by composer Dom James.” Taste is also taken care of, as the duo is offering an array of edible breast-shaped treats.

Bompas & Parr, Grope Mountain (2014), part of "Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground," at the Museum of Sex, New York.

Bompas & Parr, Grope Mountain (2014), part of “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground,” at the Museum of Sex, New York.

Bompas and Parr are also promising ” olfactory experiences,” as part of their exploration of “the rich history of fairground eroticism,” although what that entails is unclear.

Bompas & Parr’s “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground” will be on view at the Museum of Sex through the spring of 2015.

See a video about the exhibition below. 


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