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Extremely Photogenic Pop-Up 'Happy Place' Is Coming to Auckland

The "world's most Instagrammable exhibit" is bringing its confetti dome, ball pit and room filled with 40,000 gold flowers to NZ.
By Samantha Teague
March 29, 2021
By Samantha Teague
March 29, 2021

Immersive and Instagrammable art is all the rage right now. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room has taken up permanent residence across the ditch and an extremely photogenic Van Gogh exhibition is currently touring the country. Next on the must-photograph list: Happy Place.

Dubbed the "world's most Instagrammable exhibit", the multi-room installation has already travelled across the US and Canada and now, after heading to a Sydney rooftop, the pop-up is coming to New Zealand from Saturday, April 17–Sunday, May 23.

Once inside the exhibition, you'll find many OTT rooms to explore, including a rubber ducky bathtub room, a cookie room that actually smells like freshly baked cookies, a room filled with 40,000 golden handmade flowers and a giant rainbow with a golden ball pit (no leprechauns though, sorry). If that doesn't have you reaching for your smartphone, there's also a mind-bending upside-down room, the "world's largest confetti dome" and a room filled with 40,000 handmade flowers.

As well as the rooms, the exhibition has a lemonade stand — with all money going to a local charity — a retail store and a cafe with a menu of Instagrammable items.

One million snap-happy folks have already visited Happy Place in the northern hemisphere — including, supposedly, celebs such as Adele, Hilary Duff and Kourtney Kardashian — and we're guessing it's going to be equally popular Down Under.

While the exhibition is "on a mission to spread happiness around the world", let's hope it's not actually like The Good Place — or, speaking of Kardashians, as nightmare-inducing as Kylie Jenner's Stormi World. Either way, it's going to sell out — fast.

Find Happy Place at Auckland's Spark Arena from Saturday, April 17–Sunday, May 23, 2021. It's open seven days. Spark customers will get first access to pre-sale tickets from Tuesday, March 30. General sale tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

Published on March 29, 2021 by Samantha Teague
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