Who’s up for a pool party?! Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich was the subject of one of my posts a short 10 days ago. I promised in that post that I’d be writing about him again momentarily, the reason being I had also found this pool and knew that I wouldn’t be able to control myself! It’s a permanent installation at The 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanazawa, Japan. It is titled, wait for it, “Swimming Pool” and is absolutely brilliant! It’s not a new work, but it’s new to me so I just had to share it! Here’s how it works:
In one of the Museum’s courtyards is a swimming pool framed by a limestone deck. When seen from the deck, the pool appears to be filled with deep, shimmering water. In fact, however, a layer of water only some 10 centimeters deep is suspended over transparent glass. Below the glass is an empty space with aquamarine walls that viewers can enter. The work sets up an unfolding sequence of experiences—we view the pool through the glass wall enclosing the courtyard; from the deck, looking down into the pool; and from the interior of the pool, looking up. The Swimming Pool might hence be considered a place where, slowly, with time, different perspectives and perceptions of self and others all come to intersect.