Who let the dogs (and aliens out) at Hillarys Boat Harbour?


ENORMOUS, illuminated canines will take over Hillarys Boat Harbour for the WA premiere of interactive art installation, the Lost Dogs’ Disco – one of the key attractions at the City’s 2022 Joondalup Festival.

The 16 interactive art installations will be located at the Joondalup Festival Hub at Hillarys Boat Harbour, Monday 21 March to Saturday 2 April.

Created by internationally acclaimed art and technology company, ENESS, festivalgoers are invited to play among the litter of bull terriers, dachshunds and poodles, where sensors will bring these creatures to life with music, sound and light.

Visitors will journey through an immersive installation of 16 dogs, some up to 5.5m tall: all in various states of repose – curled-up, standing, even touching noses.

The installation is free to explore and opens from 4pm daily.

Another ENESS attraction, the ‘I Believe’ swings, were installed earlier in the month.

Visitors can swing in between the beams of mysterious UFO radiance. Sensors in the structure animate the lights along the UFO beams, beaming users’ messages – whatever that may be– out to the universe.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said both installations would add excitement and colour to one of Perth’s most popular tourist destinations, which is hosting components of the much-loved festival for the first time.

“Hillarys Boat Harbour is a huge part of Joondalup Festival 2022 and it’s going to be a spectacular sight to witness these installations light up this picture-perfect coastal setting,” he said.

“The installations are sure to prove popular with families from across Perth and are perfect backdrops for selfies and social media posts.”

The Joondalup Festival 2022 is made possible by Lotterywest, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Westfield Whitford City, Seven West Media and Nova937.

For more information about the 2022 Joondalup Festival please visit joondalupfestival.com.au.