David Nobay's DUNNY to be exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 24 October 2019

David Nobay and his creative start-up Imperfect Circle has been accepted into this year's iconic Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi.

DUNNY, the brainchild of David Nobay and the team at Imperfect Circle, marks the first time in the festival's 23-year history that a tech-driven immersive virtual reality (VR) installation has been selected.

Visitors will be transported to what Nobay refers to as “the other Oval Office” with a re-imagined "steampunk" VR headset and an immersive film experience heavy with political satire.

Nobay says it demonstrates there are no limits to what you can be re-imagine when you creatively combine the old and the new.

“DUNNY is a fully immersive installation that’s brought together a huge team of artisans; from carpentry to industrial design, film to immersive technology,” Nobay says.

From the outside, DUNNY appears to be exactly that; a slightly run-down outdoor toilet - the kind still occasionally spotted around older rural properties across Australia’s sprawling outback.

However, once inside, thanks to a VR headset that looks more Jules Vern than Silicon Valley, people will be transported into what could be assumed as the oversized and opulent bathroom of the current ruler of the free world.


Complete with gold taps, acres of marble and the tell-tale clues of Trumpism - from discarded fast food wrappers to a tanning bed - DUNNY is multimedia satire all the way.

“I’ve worked on many ‘multimedia’ productions during my career, but this has been a truly unique creative journey and one not possible without the individual passion of every one of our creative collaborators” Imperfect Circle partner and chief operating officer Jeremy de Villiers says.

DUNNY can be experienced in person during Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture By The Sea, from October 24 to November 10 along the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk.

If DUNNY isn’t purchased at its list price of AU$85,000, which, according to its creators, only just covers the many costs behind its manufacture, Imperfect Circle plans on taking the mobile toilet on a world tour, including to SXSW in Austin, Texas, in March 2020.

“So if you miss it in Sydney, cross your legs, be patient and hope you have a strong bladder,” de Villiers says. 

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