May 12, 2011
OK so we’re slightly behind the curve on this one but we just can’t get enough of Argentine artist Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool, an installation that graced the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition space, PS1, for a few years (ending about this time last year).
As the PS1 website describes it:
“Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water. It is only when visitors enter the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.”